Austrian Tourist Killed in Ethiopia Attack
[An Nahar] A 27-year-old Austrian tourist was killed in northern Æthiopia when his group was attacked during a whitewater rafting trip on the Nile, Austria's foreign ministry said Monday.
The attack occurred on Sunday near Bahir Dar, 550 kilometers (340 miles) northwest of the capital Addis Ababa, ministry front man Martin Weiss told AFP.
The victim was part of a group of 10 Austrians on an organized whitewater rafting trip in the region.
Four of the group had spent the night camping on the banks of the Nile when they were apparently attacked by robbers. The victim's three companions were unharmed in the incident.
"There were gunshots," Weiss told AFP.
One of the tourists "was mortally maimed, the three others managed to escape and called the Austrian embassy in Addis Ababa.
"The (local) authorities were later informed and we received information this morning that the three individuals were safe. Shocked but in safety," he added.
"Technical equipment was stolen, the boats were damaged. It was probably a band of bandidos."
Weiss added the attack did not seem to have been political motivated, saying: "It was just a robbery."
No arrests have been made, the ministry front man said.
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-08