Two members of Togo's national soccer delegation died following an ambush on the team bus as it travelled to the African Nations Cup in Angola.

Togo's territorial administration minister said the team is pulling out of the competition after the attack, in which the driver was also killed and seven others were injured, took place in the province of Cabinda.

It was claimed by the FLEC, a rebel group that has been fighting for secession sporadically for decades.

Togolese officials named the dead men as media officer Stanislas Ocloo and assistant coach Amalete Abalo, and said reserve goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale had been evacuated to Johannesburg for medical treatment.

Togo's captain Emmanuel Adebayor, who escaped the attack unharmed, was already flying home, according to his club Manchester City said.

The attack, claimed by separatist rebels, came five months before South Africa hosts the World Cup, the first African nation to hold the world's biggest single sport event.