GUN ATTACK MYSTERY
Bullets fired at angler’s car inside Mozambican border
WHO pumped bullets into the car of a holidaymaker shortly after he had crossed the Kosi Bay border into Mozambique for a fishing holiday?
That’s the big mystery after the Pretoria man had to be treated for gunshot wounds following the incident last Thursday afternoon.
It is reported that after crossing the border, he stopped his car, got out and took some photographs.
Once he got back into his vehicle and started driving away slowly, the driver’s side of his car was sprayed with bullets.
He was shot twice in the right forearm. Mounties Ambulance Service, whose paramedics were stationed at Sodwana Bay for a deep sea angling competition, were notified and immediately rushed to the scene.
‘After being told that the patient was a gunshot victim and had been wounded in the shoulder, we considered the worst case scenario and ordered a helicopter to meet us at the border,’ said Mounties’ Joe Kruger.
‘When we arrived at the border, we found the victim had driven himself back to the border, where he met us.
‘Border control and the border police were very friendly and helpful, and stamped his passport quickly so he could return to South African soil where we could treat him.
‘They also helped prepare the helicopter landing zone before it arrived.’
The wounds were treated on scene before he was transported by helicopter to Ethekwini Hospital.
While the victim did not see who shot at him, Mozambique police speculated that the shooting was carried out by poachers in the area.
Their theory is that the poachers saw Nel stop and take photographs, assumed he had photographed them and so shot at him.
But there is social media speculation that it was Mozambican police themselves who were responsible, for whatever reason.
The close grouping of the shots in the driver’s side of Nel’s vehicle bears the marks of a professionally trained shooter. The weapon used in the shooting is believed to have been a .22 calibre rifle and it is likely Nel was shot at from a fair distance away.
As far as the ZO can ascertain, this was an isolated incident and there have been no other reports of attacks on motorists.
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