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World Cup journalists robbed

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN
Hundreds of thousands of visitors, including media, are in South Africa for the World Cup which begins Friday.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors, including media, are in South Africa for the World Cup which begins Friday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Armed suspects take money, passports, cameras, laptops
  • Portuguese journalist wakes up during overnight robbery
  • Suspect points gun at him
  • Hundreds of thousands of sports fans and journalists in South Africa for World Cup

(CNN) -- Three journalists covering the World Cup in South Africa were robbed of money, passports, cameras and computers early Wednesday, police said.

Armed suspects entered three hotel rooms where the journalists were staying near the town of Magaliesburg, police Col. Charmaine Muller told CNN.

Two of the victims "slept through the whole thing", but a Portuguese photographer woke up as it was taking place at about 4 a.m. local time (10 p.m. Tuesday ET), she said.

A suspect pointed a gun at him and told him to keep quiet, she said.

Police were called after the suspects left and are still investigating, she added. No one has been caught yet.

Hundreds of thousands of sports fans and journalists are descending on South Africa for the World Cup soccer tournament, the biggest sporting event in the world this year. It begins Friday.