British doctor gunned down in South Africa

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The Independent Online

A British doctor has been gunned down and stabbed to death in a small South African town, it was revealed last night.

Dr Spence Alexander, 38, was stabbed in the back and shot in the arm and chest by three robbers as he stopped off at a petrol station while he was on an emergency call-out.

The Aberdeen-born doctor had just left his surgery in the small industrial town of Empangeni, in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, when the attack happened at around 6pm on Thursday. He was travelling in his own microbus and was attempting to get out at a Total garage a few miles from his surgery when the robbers struck, police said.