Toure tells of his terror

The Bayer Leverkusen defender was on board the bus and reveals he could only pray that he and his colleagues could get out alive and had an army escort.

Assimiou Toure has spoken of his terror at Friday's gun attack on the Togo team bus and revealed he could only pray he and his colleagues would get out alive. The 22-year-old Bayer Leverkusen defender was on board the coach heading for Angola which came under fire from politically-motivated militants and killed three people. "It was horrible. I was scared to death," he said. "The driver and two others on the bus were hit in their lower body and others got bullets in their calves.

"They have undergone surgery and are in intensive care," he told Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper. "Nothing happened to me. Thank God I was sat in the penultimate row at the back. They shot at the front of the bus." The Togo team had ignored warnings to arrive in Angola by plane and instead travelled by coach with an army escort. The escort, according to Toure, prevented a massacre. "We were coming from the Congo and were only about 10 minutes away from the Angolan border with our two buses," he said. "In the middle of the forest, we were suddenly ambushed and shot at.

"We were fortunate - they absolutely peppered the first bus with bullets, probably thinking that we were all sitting in there, but that was only our luggage. "The whole thing lasted about half an hour. We had an escort and they shot back and kept the attackers in check. If the army had not been there, none of us would be alive. All I could do was jump under my seat and pray." * With agencies

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