August 21, 2006

Kenyan robbers stab Russian ambassador

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Robbers stabbed Russia's ambassador to
Kenya, wounding him slightly, in the latest high-profile crime
in the east African country, a Russian diplomat said on Monday.

Valery Egoshkin was making his way back to the capital
after a road trip with his grandson, another embassy official
and his child on Sunday afternoon when the party was attacked.

Robbers pounced when Egoshkin's driver stopped the car
after one of the children became sick some 20 km (12 miles)
from Nairobi.

"They (the Russians) came out of the car and two guys came
up to them and asked for money and then took out their knives,"
said the diplomat, who did not wish to be named.

He said both the ambassador and the other diplomat were
stabbed but had no other details about the incident.

Egoshkin and his colleague were admitted to Nairobi's plush
Aga Khan hospital and were in a stable condition.

"He will return to the embassy after three days in
hospital," the official told Reuters.

Armed carjackings, robberies and rapes are common in Kenya.

Last month, gangsters carjacked Kenyan Trade Minister
Mukhisa Kituyi, stealing a gun, cash and mobile phones. Other
recent high profile victims include the Danish ambassador.