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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-06-09

A team of journalists covering the World Cup in South Africa were robbed at gunpoint after two thieves broke into his lodge in Magaliesburg, near Johannesburg. The thieves made off with electronic equipment, passports and cash.

AFP - An armed gang stole electronic equipment from a team of World Cup journalists during a robbery at their lodge near Johannesburg on Wednesday, police and one of the victims said.

The gang broke into the lodge at Magaliesburg, northwest of Johannesburg, while three journalists covering the Portuguese team were sleeping overnight.

One of the journalists who woke during the raid told AFP that he was ordered to keep quiet at gunpoint.

"I was the only one to wake up when the robbers came into the room," Antonio Simoes, a Portuguese national, said.

"There were two of them. One of them had a pistol and and pointed it at my head and told me to shut up while the other one rummaged through our things.

"They got away with some money, passports, photographic material and clothing. In the other rooms where my colleagues were sleeping, they just took what they could find."

His colleagues who slept through the break-in were Portuguese and Spanish, he added.

A police spokesman said it was hoped the robbers would soon be arrested.

"Luckily there no injuries or shots fired," Hangwani Mulaudzi told eNews television.

"We have got good leads as we speak. We are hoping to make an arrest very soon."

 

Date created : 2010-06-09

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