African performers attacked on metro in Munich

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8 May 2006, MUNICH - Five African artistes performing in the "Afrika Afrika" circus show currently touring Germany have been mugged on a Munich urban train, German police said Monday.

8 May 2006

MUNICH - Five African artistes performing in the "Afrika Afrika" circus show currently touring Germany have been mugged on a Munich urban train, German police said Monday.

The colourful showcase of black acrobatics and dance from Africa and the Americas is on the third stop of a Germany tour and has won rave reviews.

Police said the performers were riding on an underground train to the centre of Munich after Sunday night's show when five men began verbally abusing them, then assaulted them, stealing necklaces and sunglasses from three. Two performers successfully resisted attack.

The attack did not appear to have a racist motivation, said police, describing four of the attackers as of eastern European appearance and one as being of Mediterranean complexion, all estimated to be aged 20 to 28.

Police were only informed two hours later, making a dragnet impossible. Other passengers failed to assist the victims, aged 21 to 32.

The "Afrika Afrika" troupe was scouted by Austrian impresario Andre Heller and Ivory Coast choreographer Georges Momboye from marketplaces and circus schools for the show, which opened in a heated tent in Frankfurt in the depths of last winter and later moved to Hamburg.

DPA

Subject: German news

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