Angolan Government Guarantees Security At African Cup Of Nations After 'Isolated Incident'

The country's Prime Minister has moved to quell fears of repeated acts of violence during the showpiece event...
Angola's Prime Minister, Paulo Kassoma, has labelled the shooting of the Togo team bus an "isolated incident" and looked to calm the situation by saying that the security of the African Cup of Nations is "guaranteed".

Kassoma released a statement following a meeting with Issa Hayatou, the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and expressed his most profound sympathies to all those involved in the tragedy.

"The Angolan government wants to offer all its compassion and to give moral support to the Togolese delegation," Kassoma is quoted as saying by L'Equipe.

Kassoma also confirmed that "the best medical care" has been given to the injured players and staff.

However, Antonio Bento Bembe believes that the Angolan authorities "may have underestimated" the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC), the group who have claimed responsibility for the actions. Bento Bembe is a former leader of the group.

Despite this, Angolan authorities placed their trust in their defence forces and maintained that matches would continue to go ahead in the region.

"Our police force responded immediately and forced the attackers back. This incident does not annul the Angolan defence force's competence.

"Cabinda is a province like any other in Angola. There is no reason not to organise the African Cup of Nations in Cabinda."

Anthony Wright,