German tourist and businessman battered to death in Kenyan resort town


MOMBASA, Kenya – A German tourist and a businessman were battered to death by a gang of robbers who trailed them to their apartment at a southeastern Kenyan beach resort, police said Monday.

Police officer Stanley Lemai said there was a long struggle Sunday night between the men and the robbers, who had overpowered the security guard at the Diani beach resort.

“They were killed with crude weapons, like clubs and machetes. Both of them were hit in the head,” Lemai said. He said one man died on the spot and the other shortly after he was taken to the hospital. Police refused to identify the two men except to say one was a resident German businessman and the other a German visitor.

Diani is about 5 kilometers (three miles) south of Mombasa port, Kenya’s tourist capital.

The deaths were not linked to the ethnic violence that has driven many tourists from Kenya since a disputed Dec. 27 presidential vote.