Togo soccer team attack man jailed


Members of the Togo football team after their bus was attacked by gunmen in Angola in January (AP/TPA via APTN)

An Angolan court has convicted one man and acquitted another after the deadly attack on the Togo national football team earlier this year.

The team was travelling to the African Cup of Nations tournament last January when the bus came under a hail of gunfire in Angola’s retless Cabinda region.

A Togo team coach, a press official and an Angolan bus driver were killed. Eight others were wounded, including a goalkeeper who suffered spinal injuries.

Local radio reported that Jean Antuan Pwaty, 42, a Congolese citizen, had been sentenced to 24 years for murder, armed rebellion and attempted murder.

His lawyers said they would appeal the sentence.

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