Emmanuel Adebayor’s Togo team bus hit by gunfire, several players injured

Posted by - January 8, 2010 - International, Manchester City

City striker involved in nasty incident on international duty

The Togo national team’s bus has been attacked by gunmen, injuring several players. The coach was carrying Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor, but the identity of the injured players is not yet known. There are reports that the injuries are serious.

Togo and Nantes striker Thomas Dossevi told French radio station RMC: “I’m okay but several players are in a bad state. We are still at hospital. We were machine-gunned like dogs and had to remain hidden under our seats for around 20 minutes to avoid the bullets.”

The incident reportedly happened as the bus made its way to Angola from the Democratic Republic of Congo for the start of the African Cup of Nations.

Togo are due to play their opening match in the territory of Cabinda, where rebels are fighting for independence.

Update:
BBC is now reporting that Adebayor is not among the injured, but that several players were injured (not two as previously reported).

Update: Manchester City are now also saying that they have spoken to Emmanuel Adebayor and he is uninjured. Their club website reports: “Club officials have spoken with Adebayor and though shaken by the terrible events, he is unharmed.”

Update: There are claims that Togo’s bus driver was killed in the attack.

Update: Aston Villa confirm Moustapha Salifou is shaken but unhurt.