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South African Police on Friday confirmed they were investigating a case of armed robbery and assault after seven tourists were robbed and assaulted on their way from the OR Tambo International Airport. 

The incident happened on Thursday night as the tourists were making their way to their hotel. 

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo said the attack happened along Corlett Drive in Sandton. 

"The tourists were coming back from a conference in the Eastern Cape on Thursday night when they were attacked by a group of armed men at a robot on Corlett Drive.

"They were robbed of their personal belongings, which included cash, jewellery, electronics as well as luggage." 

He added that one of the tourists was also assaulted during the robbery. 

Naidoo refused to confirm the nationality of the tourists or whether or not one of the tourists was an Iraqi diplomat. 

"We can confirm however, that a case of armed robbery as well as assault has been opened," he said. 

This incident comes hardly a month after tour group of 36 Dutch tourists was allegedly followed from the airport, held up by armed men dressed as policemen, taken hostage, beaten and driven to a quiet spot where they were subsequently robbed of all their valuables, money and luggage.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula condemned the attack and has since visited the tourists. 

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