Durban - A Norwegian foreign exchange student was attacked and robbed at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the Sunday Tribune reports.
Rakel Fastings, 21, was stabbed repeatedly while using her laptop computer in a classroom in the Shepstone building, at UKZN's Howard college, on Wednesday, 24 October 18:00.
Her attacker stabbed her 24 times, in the neck, face and shoulders.
A friend of hers, who was not named, told the Tribune: "He didn't say anything to her as he stabbed her. It was totally unprovoked. She told him he didn't have to hurt her."
The attacker, believed to be a student, dropped the laptop as he was chased. He got away.
Fastings had been in South Africa for four months, doing a third-year course in community development. She returned to Norway with her mother on Friday.
University spokesperson Nomonde Mbadi said the police and the university were investigating.