Foreign student attacked at KZN varsity

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.

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