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Premier League due escape unharmed from Togo gunfire...

By Andrew Southwick

Aston Villa and Manchester City have both confirmed that Emmanuel Adebayor and Moustapha Salifou have escaped unhurt after the Togo national team bus was attacked en-route to the African Nations Cup.

Gunmen opened fire on the bus with machine guns, killing the driver and injuring six others.

However both clubs have been assured their players were unhurt during the attacks.

Villa boss Martin O'Neill told their club website: "I am really shocked to hear about this.

"Obviously I am pleased and relieved to hear that Moustapha is okay and that he is not among the injured people.

"The club have been in contact with him and he has reassured us that he is okay but he is extremely shocked and upset, which he would be in these circumstances."

Likewise Manchester City have released a statement on their website which read: "Manchester City can confirm that striker Emmanuel Adebayor is uninjured after this afternoon's attack on the Togo team bus in Angola.

Club officials have spoken with Adebayor and though shaken by the terrible events, he is unharmed.

"The Club would like to send its condolences to the family of the bereaved driver and sends best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.

"We are currently in talks with the Football Association over what may happen next."

Meanwhile Romanian side FC Vaslui have released a statement regarding Serge Akapo, who was one of the players shot.

"Akapko has been shot and badly injured," it said.

"Serge Akapko is now out of danger. Akapko was struck by two bullets and lost lots of blood. He has undergone surgery, [which] went very well."
 

 

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