Angolan security forces seal off football village
Angolan security forces have sealed off the complex housing the
football teams contesting the Africa Cup of Nations in restive Cabinda
province, hoping to ward off any new separatist attack.
Since Friday’s attack on Togo’s squad that killed two people, little
has changed in the small town of Cabinda. But the complex dubbed an
“Olympic village”, now housing Burkina Faso, Ghana and Ivory Coast, has
been cut off from the world.
Police and soldiers patrol the village’s perimeter on foot, in
all-terrain vehicles, and on motorcycles. Highly visible special forces,
known as “Ninjas” and feared throughout the province, wear sombre
uniforms and carry AK-47s.
“Right now there are more police than normal,” said 29-year-old Jean-Baptiste
Mataia. Normal in Cabinda means one soldier for every 10 residents.
After the 2002 ceasefire that ended 27 years of civil war in the rest of
the country, Angola deployed 30,000 soldiers to Cabinda to crush the
separatist rebellion, according to Human Rights Watch.
CABINDA, Angola, Tuesday, AFP