Team attacked by 'terrorists'

2010-01-08 23:16

Luanda - An Angolan minister and former Cabinda separatist leader denounced Friday's shooting of the Togo squad to the African Cup of Nations as a "terrorist" act.

"I have always associated this type of act as terrorist acts, as they target civilians," Antonio Bento Bembe told AFP.

But he insisted that the shooting was not the work of the separatist Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC), which he led until signing a 2006 deal with the government.

The group has already claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the Lusa news agency in Lisbon

"I cannot say that FLEC remains in Cabinda, because I was part of this guerrilla movement," said Bento Bembe, a minister without portfolio in charge of human rights.

"These are small, unorganised groups that sometimes undertake subversive actions, terrorist acts."