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Tourists stabbed and robbed in broad daylight

Tourists stabbed and robbed in broad daylight

Video: Three elderly people robbed by two armed thugs in Windhoek recently. – Footage: Contributed.

Niël Terblanché
A CLOSED circuit television video clip of an attack in broad daylight on elderly foreign visitors to Namibia shows the sadistic nature of the ever increasing number of robberies that are causing damage to the country’s national economy.
In this regard the Namibian Police in the Khomas Region are looking for two armed men who attacked and injured the German tourists at one of Windhoek’s most recognizable landmarks. Meanwhile investigators are also still searching for four men in the Oshana Region who recently robbed Japanese visitors.
The video of the latest incident depicts the extremely violent treatment of the elderly victims by the robbers and one of elderly women desperately fighting to keep her personal belongings and her car from being stolen.
The latest incident occurred at the cone shaped water tower along Dr AB May Street on Saturday 15 June during which one of the tourists was stabbed in the arm by the two vicious attackers.
According to the official crime report issued by the Public Relations Division of the Namibian Police two men armed with knives attacked the three victims, two females and one male, of whom two are German Nationals and stabbed the male on his upper arm.
“One of the women also sustained an injury on her ring finger while the attackers attempted to remove her wedding ring from her finger.”
According to the report the attackers managed to flee with the elderly woman’s car after stealing a cellphone, a grey suit and two bags. The stolen items along with the car is estimated to be worth about N$100 000. The vehicle and documents that were stolen were recovered where the attackers dumped it next to the Western Bypass later in the weekend.
The incident in Windhoek follows a few days after a gang of thugs robbed two Japanese nationals at the Uukwangula Village in the Oshana Region at knife point after brought the tourists under he impression that they had a problem with the vehicle they were driving.
The Japanese tourists were stopped by one of the suspects under pretence that there was something wrong with the wheel of the tourist vehicle.
Four unknown men then approached the vehicle from behind before holding the visitors at knife point and demanding money. In this incident the suspects fled with three cellphones, one Canon camera, one telescope, US$1000, 300 Euros, R300 and N$200 in cash.
The assault and robbery perpetrated on foreign nationals visiting Namibia is not only tarnishing the country’s name as a safe tourist destination but also has the potential to cause immeasurable damage to the industry that contributes to the national economy.

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