Two Germans killed in Kenya, Nairobi police say
Two German nationals have been killed in Kenya in what Nairobi police called an armed robbery south of Mombasa.
28th January 2008
Nairobi/Berlin (dpa) - A police spokesman in Nairobi said the two victims were men, aged 51 and 54 years, who were returning with their wives after dining out.
When they entered a private property, they were surrounded by about 10 men demanding money. When the Germans resisted, a fight broke out and the two men were killed with machetes and a blunt weapon, police said
A guard and a mini-bus driver rushed to their assistance, the police spokesman said.
Police took two suspects, while searching for the other attackers. The two wives were being questioned as witnesses, but were suffering from shock.
The spokesman said the 51-year-old victim lives in Kenya.
Earlier, the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin had said it was investigating reports that two Germans had died in the wave of post-election violence sweeping Kenya.
A spokesman said the German embassy in Nairobi was trying to verify reports that a Kenya-based German businessman and a tourist were beaten to death by armed robbers.
Germany's n-tv news channel quoted Kenyan police as saying the pair was attacked at a holiday village 5 kilometres south of the coastal city of Mombasa.
The German government has been advising its nationals to avoid unnecessary travel to the east African nation, following ethnic clashes triggered by the outcome of last month's disputed presidential election.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga claims to vote that returned President Mwai Kibaki to power was rigged.