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[UPDATE] Iraqi diplomats robbed at gunpoint in Johannesburg


It’s understood that the victims were driving from OR Tambo International Airport at the time of the robbery on Thursday night.


The crime scene on Corlette Drive in Johannesburg where a group of Iraqi tourists were attacked and robbed on 12 October 2017. Picture Supplied

JOHANNESBURG – Police are investigating a case of armed robbery and assault after a group of Iraqi diplomats were attacked last night in northern Johannesburg.

It is understood the victims were driving from OR Tambo International Airport to their hotel when they were ambushed at the Corlett Drive off-ramp.

One of them was injured in the attack and the thieves made off with a number of valuables including cash and jewellery.

It’s also understood that the victims contacted the Iraqi ambassador at the crime scene.

The police’s Vish Naidoo says: “I can confirm that there were seven visitors, they were in the country since Tuesday this week.

“They were returning from the Eastern Cape back to Gauteng when they were accosted at Corlette Drive.”

Last month, 36 Dutch tourists were robbed, also while travelling from OR Tambo International Airport to Fourways.

In that incident, a man dressed in a police uniform stopped the bus the elderly tourists were travelling in and four of his accomplices participated in the robbery.


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