SEPARATISTS who claimed a deadly shooting on Togo's football team threatened new attacks in Angola, saying yesterday they had warned against hosting the Africa Cup of Nations in their province.
The Forces for the Liberation of the State of Cabinda-Military Position said attacks would continue because African football boss Issa Hayatou had refused to move games scheduled in Cabinda.
"This is going to continue because the nation is at war," said the group's general secretary general Rodrigues Mingas.
"Weapons will continue to talk," he said. "This is our home, and it's time Angola understood that."
"We wrote two months before the Nations Cup to Mr Issa Hayatou to warn him we were at war. He did not want to take our warnings into consideration," said Mingas, who lives in exile in France.
Mingas said a dozen men were involved in Friday's attack that killed Togo's assistant coach and squad spokesperson. Nine others in the convoy were injured, and Mingas said one guerrilla was shot in the leg.
The rebels opened fire as Togo's team crossed the border from Congo-Brazzaville.
"There was a counter-attack, that's when we really erupted (with gunfire)," Mingas said, adding the gun battle lasted about 20 minutes.
"We didn't specifically target the Togolese. It could have been Angola, Ivory Coast, Ghana... Anything is possible," he said. - Sapa-AP