Namibian police hunt killers of German tourist

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10 July 2007, Windhoek (dpa) - Police in Namibia were searching Tuesday for two men who shot dead a German tourist and kidnapped his wife shortly after their arrival in the normally tranquil desert state at the weekend.

10 July 2007

Windhoek (dpa) - Police in Namibia were searching Tuesday for two men who shot dead a German tourist and kidnapped his wife shortly after their arrival in the normally tranquil desert state at the weekend.

Johannes Fellinger, 56 and his wife Elke, 52, were hijacked at gunpoint by two men on Sunday after they had stopped at a bridge in the mountainous Khomas Hochland area west of the capital Windhoek to take photos, police spokesman Angula Amulungu said.

The couple, who run a photographic studio in the town of Westerwald, had arrived hours earlier in Namibia and were en route to the coastal resort of Swakopmund.

The attackers shot dead Fellinger, kidnapped his wife and drove around in the couple's double-cab rental for hours dumping the body in a dry riverbed before becoming embroiled in a high-speed chase with a local farmer, according to local newspaper reports.

Local Afrikaans daily Republikein reported that Fellinger was shot after arguing with the hijackers and that he bled to death on his wife's lap.

The car later overturned and the men fled into the bush, leaving behind Elke Fellinger, who was taken to hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

The widow was in "severe shock," according to Ute Koenig, permanent representative at the German embassy in Windhoek.

Police are combing the Khomas Hochland area for the attackers, police spokesman Amulungu told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

The attack dominated newspaper headlines Tuesday in Namibia, a quiet former German colony of around 2 million people famous for its desert scenery.

"The horrified reaction (to the attack) in the country reflects the exceptional nature of this crime," Koenig said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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