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Global sporting events have long been prime targets of attack, so it wasn’t a complete surprise when a group of rebels struck members of the Togo national football team over the weekend leaving three people dead.
Togo striker Thomas Dossevi said rebels opened fire on the team bus with AK-47 assault rifles.
The gunfire killed the team’s assistant coach, its communication officer and the bus driver. At least seven others were wounded, including goal keeper Kodjovi Obilale, who remained in intensive care.
Togo was in Angola for the African Cup of Nations football tournament – one of the world’s biggest.
As Angolan officials try to calm safety concerns, many sporting professionals and organizers are revisiting the question of how much security is necessary during large tournaments and sporting events.
During the 1972 Munich Olympics, Palestinian terrorists captured and killed 11 members of the Israeli team.
At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, two people were killed and 120 injured when Eric Rudolph detonated a bomb.
In March 2009, militants targeted the Sri Lankan cricket team in the Pakistani city of Lahore, killing seven people.
Organizers of large sporting events spend hundreds of millions of dollars in security measures, but many groups still plan and plot for attacks that target athletes, coaches and members of the public.
This year, there are several large sporting events including the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, the World Cup in South Africa and the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi that could test both the resolve of organizers and terrorist groups.
We'd like to know what you think.
Do you think groups are increasingly targeting athletes for attack? Why have sporting events become targets? Are you worried that something could happen at this year's Olympics, World Cup or Commonwealth Games? Are countries like South Africa and India as well prepared as Canada?
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