Togo pull out of African Nations Cup following gun ambush

TOGO have withdrawn from the African Nations Cup in Angola following the terrorist attack on their team bus.

• This picture from a local TV channel shows Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor (right) being comforted by an unidentified teammate

The death toll has now reportedly risen to three after the bus came under machine gunfire yesterday.

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It had just crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo into the Angolan enclave of Cabinda.

Last night it was confirmed that the bus driver was killed in the attack, while reports from France today said an assistant coach and a press officer had also died.

There was confusion surrounding the condition of reserve team goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale. It had been widely reported in the French media that he had died.

But a statement from his club, French team GSI Pontivy, read: "According to news given by coach Alain Le Dour and GSI Pontivy president Philippe Le Mestre, Kodjovi Obilale is not dead, despite the news reported on the internet, radio and television, and has been moved to South Africa."

Aston Villa midfielder Moustapha Salifou, who was on the bus, also said Obilale had been transferred to South Africa.

"The goalkeeper (Obilale) is one of my best friends, was shot in the chest and stomach area and he has been flown to South Africa to undergo an operation to save his life," he told Villa's official website.

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