Togo pull out as death toll 'reaches four'

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Togo have withdrawn from the African Nations Cup in Angola following the terrorist attack on their team bus.

The death toll has now reportedly risen to four after the bus came under machine gunfire.

It had just crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo into the Angolan enclave of Cabinda. It was confirmed on Friday night the bus driver was killed in the attack, while reports from France claimed an assistant coach, a press officer and reserve team goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale have also died from their injuries.

Manchester City confirmed their striker Emmanuel Adebayor - the Togo captain - was returning home.

A statement on the club's official website,, read: "Togo has pulled out of the African Nations Cup after their team bus came under gunfire in Angola.

"City star Emmanuel Adebayor, who is captain of the Togo side, was unharmed in the ambush and he and his team-mates met this morning before deciding that they wished to pull out of the tournament.

"Their first game in the tournament had been scheduled to take place on Monday against Ghana, but they are now heading home to their families.

"Organisers have so far insisted the tournament will go ahead.

"The club is in regular contact with Emmanuel, his advisors and the English Football Association. It has been made clear by manager Roberto Mancini and senior officials that Emmanuel will now be given as much time as he needs to recover from the horrific attack."

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