JOHANNESBURG — (AP) — South African police investigating a gunman’s killing of a German tourist have identified at least three “persons of interest.”
Police Minister Bheki Cele, who visited the killing scene on Wednesday, said authorities were looking for the suspects identified in their investigation.
“We’re trying to find out how much we’re cooperating with them. So we believe we’ll be able to solve the case very soon,” he told reporters.
The tourist was shot dead on Monday afternoon near the entrance to Kruger National Park, the largest wildlife sanctuary in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. He was driving a vehicle with three other passengers when he was attacked near the park’s Numbi entrance. According to police, he was shot after locking the door when the gunman asked him to unlock it.
According to police, the car reversed for a few meters and didn’t stop until it hit a wall, but the suspect sped away without taking any belongings from the victim.
The killings have raised concerns about South Africa’s tourism industry, of which Kruger Park and the country’s wildlife sanctuaries are a big part.
The government condemned the killings, insisting that South Africa remains a safe tourist destination.
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