CT student fights off highway robbers

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Cape Town - A Cape Town student and top mountain biker says he is lucky to be alive after he was stabbed and attacked by three armed men on the N1 outside Paarl.

Adriaan Smit, 23, was on his way home after a braai with friends in Brackenfell on Friday night when he had a flat tyre and stopped to change it, reported the Cape Argus.

Three men armed with knives attacked him. One put a knife to his neck and told him to get in the car.

“I knew that if I got into the car my life was over,” he said.

The civil engineering student decided to fight back and a struggle ensued during which he was stabbed in the throat.
During the struggle, he managed to get one of the knives.

“I went onto the N1 and stood there bleeding in the middle of the road, but [people] wouldn’t stop because I was bleeding and standing there with a knife…”

Three off-duty police officers finally stopped and gave chase to the men who had stolen various items, including his expensive bike from the car.

“I’m lucky to be alive. The fact that I reacted so quickly saved me. But in future, if I had to stop, I would jump out and run to the safest place. They were after the stuff in my car - not me,” he said.

The officers managed to retrieve the bicycle but it was unclear if the assailants were caught.

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