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Thu Oct 23 21:14:41 SAST 2014

Exchange student attacked, robbed at UKZN

Sapa | 04 November, 2012 14:01
The University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College Campus in Durban.

A Norwegian foreign exchange student was attacked and robbed at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, according to a report.

Rakel Fastings, 21, was stabbed repeatedly while using her laptop computer in a classroom in the Shepstone building, at UKZN's Howard College campus, on October 24 at 6pm, the Sunday Tribune said.

Her attacker stabbed her 24 times, in the neck, face and shoulders.

A friend of hers, who was not named, told the Tribune: "He didn't say anything to her as he stabbed her.

“It was totally unprovoked. She told him he didn't have to hurt her."

The attacker, believed to be a student, dropped the laptop as he was chased. He got away.

Fastings had been in South Africa for four months, doing a third-year course in community development.

She returned to Norway with her mother on Friday.

University spokeswoman Nomonde Mbadi said the police and the university were investigating.

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