( dpa ) - Two German nationals were killed in Kenya in what Nairobi police Monday called an armed robbery south of the coastal city of Mombasa.
A police spokesman in the capital Nairobi said the two victims were men, aged 51 and 54, who were returning with their wives after dining out.
When they entered a private property, they were surrounded by about 10 men demanding money. When the Germans resisted, a fight broke out and the two men were killed with machetes and a blunt weapon, police said
A guard and a mini-bus driver rushed to their assistance, the police spokesman said.
Police took two suspects, while searching for the other attackers. The two wives were being questioned as witnesses, but were suffering from shock. The spokesman said the 51-year-old victim lives in Kenya.
Nairobi is known as one of the most-crime ridden cities in the world, but the coast, ordinarily visited by thousands of Western tourists a year, is less used to crime, although some incidences do occur.
Earlier, the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin had said it was investigating reports that two Germans had died in the wave of post- election violence sweeping Kenya.
The German government has been advising its nationals to avoid unnecessary travel to the east African nation, following ethnic clashes triggered by the outcome of last month's disputed presidential election.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga claims the vote that returned President Mwai Kibaki to power was rigged.