Terror in Angola

One player said seven people were hit by gunfire.

By now you’ve probably heard of the machine-gun attack on the bus transporting the Togo national team to the African Cup of Nations in Angola earlier today. The assault took place in the disputed, oil-rich region of Cabinda, and it killed the Angolan driver of the bus while wounding multiple members of the Togolese team and support staff.

Details are still being confirmed, but Manchester City has announced that its star striker Emmanuel Adebayor, a member of the Togo national team, was unhurt in the assault, as was midfielder Alaixys Romao, who plays his club ball with Grenoble in France. Romao reportedly estimated that seven people on the bus were hit by gunfire.

This terrible event should have no bearing on next summer’s World Cup in South Africa—there is no political unrest in South Africa, and it’s a thousand or more miles away from Angola—but it might affect perception about security issues there, and it will definitely influence where future African Cups are held.