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Accra: Ghana condemns machinegun attack but would participate in CAN
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10 Jan. 10
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Ghana condemns machinegun attack but would participate in CAN 2010
Accra, Jan. 10, GNA - Ghana has condemned the unjustified and
unfortunate machinegun attack on the Togolese National Football Team in
Cabinda, Northern Angola, but the Black Stars would participate in the 2010
Orange African Cup of Nations Tournament.
A statement from the Ministry of Information said the "cowardly and
barbaric act is intended not only to dampen the spirit of participating
countries, but to also destroy the enthusiasm of the continent in
celebrating African football".
The statement extended Ghana's condolence to the families of persons
who lost their lives in the attack, saying; "it is also our prayer that
those who were injured in the attack recover very soon".
Government also urged the Angolan authorities to launch a full-scale
inquiry into the deliberate act of sabotage and to bring the perpetrators of
the heinous crime to book.
The statement said the Government has also expressed concern about the
safety and security of the Senior National Team, the Black Stars, and has
requested the Angolan Government to roll out all the necessary security
measures needed to ensure the protection of all participating countries in
the 2010 African Cup of Nations tournament.
Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying the Togolese National Team when it
crossed over from Republic of Congo, where it had gone to train, and entered
the Cabinda Enclave.
Togolese officials said the Driver of the bus was killed on the scene
while Stanislas Ocloo, Media Officer of the Team and Amalete Abalo,
Assistant Coach died later in hospital.
Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda, a separatist group
fighting for the Liberation of oil rich Cabinda, has claimed responsibility
for the attack.
Meanwhile Mr Antonio Paulo Kassoma, Prime Minister of Angola has told
the media that the Angolan Government was going to beef up security for the
10 Jan. 09
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