Africa urged to tackle gun problem after attack to Togolese footballers

The shooting attack on the Togolese national football team, that killed three people and injured nine others, has highlighted the need for African governments to take renewed action to control gun availability. Togo's team was attacked on 7 January as they traveled to Cabinda (Angola) to compete in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. Gunmen raked the team's bus with machine-gun fire killing Togo's assistant coach, press officer and the Angolan driver. Félix Kokou Aklavon from the Togolese Action Network on Small Arms said: "Togolese people are crying today over the death of two compatriots. But it is the whole of Africa that needs to wake up and realise the negative effect of firearms proliferation throughout the continent." More