Algerian journalists who were stabbed on the opening day of the Africa Cup of Nations in Douala want to continue their coverage in Cameroon.
Mehdi Dahak, the owner of an Algerian football website, claims that one of his colleagues required hospital care after receiving two “severe wounds,” and that he was also slashed in the face.
Money, three phones, and a passport were stolen mere seconds after the three men left their hotel in the Bonapriso neighborhood of Cameroon’s capital city on Sunday.
An investigation has been launched by the police.
“He wants to continue the tournament,” Dahak, who will also stay on, told BBC Sport Africa.
“He has two deep wounds from the stab wounds. The guy was touched by the knife in the back. He was sewn up in hospital. He is resting. They attacked us 10 metres from the hotel.”
The hotel’s recorded CCTV footage shows the aftermath of the incident as the Algerian journalists – who were heading out for dinner – raced back into the lobby. Dahak believes the men were waiting in ambush.
Smail Mohamed Amokrane, the stabbed journalist, is currently out of the hospital, while the third reporter was unscathed.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf), the governing body of the sport in Africa, said it is in contact with government officials to “learn the details of this occurrence.”
“We are also reaching out to the three journalists and wish them [a] speedy recovery,” a statement from Caf said.
“For now, we will await a detailed report of what transpired. The safety of each and every individual attending the Africa Cup of Nations is a priority for Caf and also our partners, the Cameroon government.”
This is the 33rd edition of the Nations Cup and Cameroon is hosting for the first time in 50 years.
It will however conclude on February 6 with the final in the capital Yaounde.