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South Africa: Indian envoy's family held hostage, robbed in Durban


Johannesburg, November 20: Robbers target and briefly held hostage of India's Consul-General's family in the South African city of Durban was targeted by robbers at their official residence.

South Africa: Indian envoy's family held hostage, robbed in Durban (Representative image)

The family of consul-general Shashank Vikram, members of their domestic staff and a visiting teacher were held up at their residence on Innes Road, on Sunday. Among them were two children, aged five and 10.

"They are OK but they were obviously traumatised," said consul S K Pandey. Nobody suffered physical harm," he said, adding they planned to attend counseling.

He said a domestic worker's cellphone which was also robbed, could provide clues to the incident, the Independent Online reported.

The robbers reportedly gained entry by derailing the entrance gate, a strategy used often in a spate of brazen robberies recently in affluent suburbs north of Durban.

Following the incident, India has reminded South Africa of its duty to protect diplomatic staff and property, under the Vienna Convention.



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