Stanislas Ocloo

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Ocloo, 35, a contributor to sports programs on Togo’s national broadcaster Télévision Togolaise (TVT), was one of two passengers killed when hooded gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying the Togolese soccer team through the restive northwestern enclave of Cabinda at the start of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. Assistant coach Abalo Amelete was also killed, and nine people were injured in the attack.

TVT presenter Blaise Amedodji, who appeared with Ocloo on a weekly sports program, told CPJ that the journalist had planned to interview African soccer stars during the tournament hosted by Angola.

Two rival factions of the separatist Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC) each claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred about 15 minutes after the team bus crossed into Cabinda from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. The oil-rich enclave has seen a low-level insurgency since 1975. Angolan authorities announced the arrests of two suspects in connection with the attack, which forced Togo to pull out of the tournament.