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No third person wounded in NIMT shooting

No third person wounded in NIMT shooting

Niël Terblanché

THE task to drive an official vehicle of the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) to the Arandis Campus, has saved the Principal of Artisan Training, Hendrik Koekemoer, from being shot down in cold blood in front of the institute’s head-office in Namibia’s first ever school shooting earlier this morning.

Koekemoer and the now deceased director Eckart Mueller and deputy director, Heimo Hellwig, took turns in a car pool driving to and from Arandis to get to work and return home.

Several of the initial reports of the double murder in front of the NIMT head-office had it that a third person was critically wounded during the incident that left Namibia in shock.

At one stage it was speculated that the Principal of Engineering Trade, Ralph Bussell, was the third victim.

It, however, came to light as the morning progressed that Koekemoer was tasked to drive a NIMT vehicle to Arandis on Monday morning and that he arrived on the scene of the killing, that some described as an assassination, several minutes after it occurred.

The assailant, who gunned down Mueller and Hellwig at close range, fled the scene of the double murder and according to Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the suspect or suspects have not been arrested yet.

Pictured: (From left to right) Hendrik Koekemoer (NIMT Principal: Artisan Training), Winnie Mukupuki (Swakop Uranium Sustainability and CSI Assistant Manager) Heimo Hellwig (NIMT Deputy Director), Dr Peng Xinjian (Swakop Uranium Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs), Arandis Mayor Daniel Muhuura, Eckart Mueller (NIMT Executive Director), Percy McCallum (Swakop Uranium, Vice President HR, Business Support), Mark Templin (NIMT Manager Finance) and Ralph Bussel (NIMT Principal Engineering Trade) in 2015. – Photo: Namibia Chamber of Mines

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