Japanese diplomats attacked

2008-01-08 00:00

PRETORIA — Another two diplomats, both with the Japanese embassy, have been attacked and robbed in separate incidents at their homes in Pretoria.

In the first incident, an embassy official was overwhelmed in his driveway by four armed men as he returned to his Waterkloof home from O.R. Tambo Airport at about 8.30 am Saturday.

National police spokesman Dennis Adriao said the man was attacked by the gang as he waited for the guard to open the security gate. The robbers made off with his cellphone, wallet and luggage.

Another embassy official and his wife were held up by two robbers at their home in Lynwood, Pretoria, at about 2 pm on Sunday.

Adriao said the armed men stole electrical appliances, jewellery and a laptop computer, among other things.

When approached yesterday, the embassy did not wish to name the victims nor comment on the robberies. No one was injured in the attacks.

Adriao said a 17-year-old suspect was arrested on Sunday evening at a flat in the Pretoria CBD in connection with the robbery earlier that day.

A 23-year old security guard who was on duty at the home of the Japanese couple was also arrested.

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