Togo have pulled out of the African Cup of Nations after an attack on the team bus killed three people.
An assistant coach, press officer and the driver were killed and many more wounded in an incident bound to overshadow the tournament, which starts on Sunday.
Players and staff had to duck for cover as their coach was bombarded with terrorist gun fire on Friday as they travelled to their training camp in host nation Angola.
Togo were due to meet Ghana on Monday but will now boycott the event and players are now preparing to fly home to their prospective clubs.
One of those on board the bus was Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor and the club can confirm he has left Angola.
"He is on his way back from Angola but we are not sure exactly where his flight is headed," City spokesman Simon Heggie said.
"The lines of communication between the club and Emmanuel have been open all day, we have spoken to his advisors and his girlfriend and he is coming home."
Aston Villa midfielder Moustapha Salifou is another Premier League player who was on board, and is also thought to be making his way back to England.
The English FA said in a statement it had been in continual contact with all of the English clubs who have players at the tournament.
"We are also working closely with, and being helpfully supported by the Premier League and League Managers Association.
"All of English football would like to offer our sincere condolences to everyone connected with the Togalese squad, especially to the families of those who have been tragically killed or have been injured.
"We will do all we can to ensure the welfare and safety of all Premier League players in Angola representing their countries."
In the Togolese capital Lome, Territorial Administration Minister Pascal Bodjona said the nation's government had no choice but to recall the team.
"We could not continue the African Nations Cup in this dramatic situation," he said in a statement.
"This was necessary because our players are in a state of shock and because we do not think the security which should have been placed around our players is giving the necessary guarantees."