Togo seeks redress against Angolan separatist movement

The Togo government has filed a complaint in a French court against the organizers of the Africa Cup of Nations and the Federation of the Forces for the Liberation of the State of Cabinda-Military Position (FLEC-MP), whose leader Rodrigues Mingas lives in France and is a citizen.
Mingas claimed responsibility for the attack on the Togo squad which killed two their team members and their Angolan bus driver. The attack had unintended consequences. “We did not target Togo, but the Angolan army,” he told FRANCE 24 on Monday. “We are fighting for the complete liberation of Cabinda, against Angola’s illegal occupation.”
The Togo squad pulled out of the competition on the advice of the government and in a cruel and thoughtless decision, CAF banned the team for the next two Cups on the grounds of “political interference”. Angola too has launched a protest on the grounds that the French government failed to curtail Mingas activities. The Paris prosecutor’s office will conduct a terrorism inquiry examining Mingas role in inciting “acts of terrorism.” .

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