2 Italians stoned to death on Cape Verde
By FRANCES D’EMILIO, Associated Press Writer 44 minutes ago
ROME – Three Italian women were brutally attacked while vacationing on a resort island off the coast of West Africa, dragged into the woods, pelted with stones and left for dead at the bottom of a hole, the sole survivor said Saturday.
The bodies of two of the women were found half-buried near a beach Friday in the Cape Verde islands, police officer Vladmir Silva said.
Preliminary autopsy results found the victims, aged 28 and 33, died as a result of head injuries from blunt and sharp objects, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported. Cape Verde police said official autopsy results were expected to be released Sunday.
Police chief Oscar Tavares said three local men had been arrested and would soon appear in court, Lusa reported.
The women were part of a surfing group that arrived in the islands last Sunday for a weeklong vacation, said Italy’s honorary consul in Cape Verde, Luigi Zirpoli. The survivor â€” whom Italian news reports identified as a 17-year-old named Agnese â€” suffered fractures and needed 18 stitches in her head, Zirpoli said.
Speaking with Italy’s Sky TG24 TV from a hospital Saturday, Agnese recounted how she and the two other women had been invited to dinner by one of their attackers â€” a man who apparently had had a relationship with one of the victims.
She said the attackers sprayed the women with something and immobilized them before taking them to the woods where a hole had been dug in the ground. Speaking in a stunned voice, she said they were pelted with stones and she blacked out. When she awoke, she climbed out of the hole and walked down a road until she found help.
“I don’t know how I managed to recover after he threw a stone at my head,” she told Sky.
The story of the attack has shocked Italians, many of whom consider the archipelago a paradise for beachgoers and windsurfers.
The Italian Foreign Ministry said the two women had been “barbarously murdered” and dispatched a diplomat from its embassy in Senegal “to ensure that those responsible for this tragic aggression are brought swiftly to justice.”
Italian Premier Romano Prodi said he was “stunned” and “aghast” by the killings, the Italian news agency Apcom reported.
Cape Verde, a former Portuguese colony, is located about 500 miles to the west of Senegal’s capital, Dakar, in the Atlantic Ocean.
Associated Press Writer Joana Mateus in Lisbon, Portugal, contributed to this report.
From Spiegel online: In German
Drei italienische Frauen sind auf einer der Kapverdischen
Inseln vor der KÃ¼ste Westafrikas brutal angegriffen worden. Nur eine der drei Frauen Ã¼berlebten die Attacke, die beiden andern wurden zu Tode gesteinigt.
Die drei Frauen hatten auf der Atlantikinsel Urlaub gemacht. Sie wurden in einen Wald verschleppt und in einem Loch im Waldboden zurÃ¼ckgelassen, weil man sie offenbar fÃ¼r tot hielt. Die einzige Ãœberlebende, eine 17-JÃ¤hrige, konnte schlieÃŸlich Hilfe holen. Ihre beiden Begleiterinnen, 28 und 33 Jahre alt, seien zu Tode gesteinigt worden.
Eine vorlÃ¤ufige Autopsie ergab, dass die Opfer an vielfachen Kopfverletzungen von stumpfen und spitzen GegenstÃ¤nden gestorben sind, berichtet die portugiesische Nachrichtenagentur Lusa. In Italien hat das Verbrechen Entsetzen ausgelÃ¶st. Viele Italiener schÃ¤tzen die Kapverdischen Inseln als Urlaubsparadies.
A brief/short translation of the basic facts:
The 3 women were on holidays and had dinner with some native men who took them to a forest where they were raped. After that they were stoned and left for dead in a hole in the ground. One of the women survived the ordeal and 3 men have been arrested.