French charge rebel over Togo shooting

2010-12-18 10:02

Paris - A French court on Friday charged a rebel spokesperson with terrorism offences in connection with a deadly attack on the Togolese football team during January's African Cup of Nations in Angola.

Rodrigues Mingas, a French national from the Angolan enclave of Cabinda, had claimed responsibility for the January 8 assault on the team bus on behalf of the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC).

A French court charged Mingas with conspiring with a terrorist organisation, a judicial source said, following an investigation into the attack launched by Paris prosecutors in May.

Two members of the Togolese team died when gunmen opened fire on their bus as it travelled through the region, prompting the country to withdraw from the tournament.

FLEC guerrillas are involved in a long-running campaign to secure independence of oil-rich Cabinda, which was annexed by Angola after the Portuguese withdrew in 1975.

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