British woman killed on honeymoon in South Africa

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A British woman on her honeymoon in Cape Town was found dead after being abducted by armed men who ambushed the taxi she and her new husband were in, police said on Sunday.

The 28-year-old and her husband, who have not been named, 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 couple married two weeks ago, and arrived in the South African city on Thursday, regional tourist authorities said.

The attackers forced out the driver and sped off with the couple. An hour later they released the 31-year-old man unharmed, police 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."

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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