Angola says it aims to crush Togo attackers

Mon Jan 11, 2010 5:18pm GMT

By Henrique Almeida

LUANDA (Reuters) - Angola intends to crush FLEC insurgents who claimed the killing of two members of the Togo national soccer delegation, and pursue rebels living abroad, a government minister said on Monday.

The Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC), a small remnant of a group that has been fighting for independence from Angola for over 30 years, is led from Paris by its long-time president, N'Zita Tiago. Some rebels are believed to operate from the Congo Republic to the north of Cabinda.

"We will do all we can to finish them off," Antonio Bento Bembe, an ex-rebel who is now minister without portfolio in charge of Cabinda Affairs and the government's strategy on the FLEC, told Reuters in an interview.

"We want an international arrest warrant to be issued to capture those responsible for fuelling this attack."

Bento Bembe said the driver of the bus, who was initially believed to have died, was alive and out of danger.

He said Tiago should be arrested.

"N'Zita Tiago has connections to those who carried out this terrorist attack and should be arrested. We're talking about a group of gangsters that want to spread terror, fear and insecurity."

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