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Foreign journalists robbed by armed men in hotel


Johannesburg : Three foreign journalists — two Portuguese and one from Spain — in South Africa to cover the June 11-July 11 World Cup were robbed Wednesday by armed men in their guest lodge.

One of the journalists was forced at gunpoint to lie on the ground as the robbers ransacked the room at a holiday chalet in Magaliesburg, north-west of Johannesburg, a police spokesperson said.

The other two were asleep when the early morning incident took place, the spokesperson, Hangwani Mulaudzi, told DPA.

Nobody was injured during the robbery, Mulaudzi said.

The robbers stole equipment cameras, laptops, cell phones as well as passports and items of clothing, Mulaudzi said.

Security has been one of the major topics ahead of the World Cup and there had been some doubts whether South African officials could guarantee the safety of visitors.