British tourist abducted, killed in South Africa

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A 28-year-old British tourist was found dead after being abducted by armed men in Cape Town just days after she and a friend arrived in South Africa for a holiday, police said Sunday.

The woman and her male companion were abducted at around 11:00 pm on Saturday when armed men stopped their taxi at an intersection close to a major township, police said in a statement.

The attackers forced out the driver and sped off with the tourists. An hour later they released the 31-year-old man, it said.

The body of the woman was found later in the Lingelethu West area, southeast of the city centre.

"An extensive search for the vehicle and the female victim resulted in the discovery of the hijacked vehicle in Lingelethu West, with the female victim's body on the back seat," the statement said.

"An autopsy will later reveal the exact cause of her death."

Police did not release the identities of the tourists, who arrived in South Africa on Thursday.

South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world with about 46 murders a day, a statistic that led to a massive increase in security during the June-July World Cup.

Authorities in the scenic Western Cape, one of the country's top tourist destinations, on Sunday urged visitors and locals to be "prepared for potential danger".

"The Western Cape Provincial Management would like to issue a stern warning to visitors in our province, and locals alike to exercise caution and be vigilant when entering an unfamiliar area and always be prepared for potential danger," it said.

© 2010 AFP

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  • Kevin Maharaj posted:

    on 14th November 2010, 18:45:46 - Reply

    Death was preventable !!!!! I was hijacked and nearly beaten to death in a township 5 years ago. I am therefore perplexed as to why overseas tourists would even want to visit these townships ... and at 23h00 on a saturday night. !!! That ... when 5 miles away in Cape Town you have 1st world facilities for tourists in secured environments.