The African Cup of Nations is in danger of collapse on after Togo threatened to withdraw from the competition after a coach carrying the countryâ€™s football team was attacked by gunmen, who killed the busâ€™s driver and wounded six others, including two players.
Goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale and defender Serge Akagpo were both reported to have been badly wounded in the attack.
The most graphic description of what then occurred was offered by Thomas Dossevi, a striker who plays for the French club, Nantes. He gave an interview to the French radio station, RMC.
“Iâ€™m okay but several players are in a bad state. We are still in hospital. We were machine-gunned like dogs and had to remain hidden under our seats for around 20 minutes to avoid the bullets. We donâ€™t feel much like playing the CAN Cup. Our thoughts are with our friends, the injured. We had just crossed the border. We had filled in the border formalities and were surrounded by police. Everything was fine. Then there was a powerful burst of gunfire. Everyone dived under the seats and the police fired back. It felt like war had broken out. Itâ€™s shocking. When we got off the bus we were asking ourselves what was up. The official in charge of communications also stopped a bullet â€“ he lost a lot of blood.â€
A CNN report into the incident can be seen here.
More footage has since been released of the aftermath of the brutal attack, with Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor clearly seen in a state of distress on the camera.
The footage can be seen here.