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Last Updated: Friday, 28 July 2006, 13:44 GMT 14:44 UK
Trip pupils attacked at gunpoint
A group of school children has been attacked and robbed at gunpoint on a school trip to South Africa.

They were among 41 pupils, aged 16 and 17, on a trip from Bishop Stopford School, in Kettering, Northants.

A gang armed with guns and crowbars forced 11 of the teenagers to hand over mobile phones and cameras at a house in Johannesburg.

During the raid, one girl was apparently dragged by her hair and a boy was forced to hand over his jeans.

The teenagers are members of the girls' netball and boys' rugby squads on a sports tour of South Africa.

Teenagers unhurt

The gang of up to 12 masked men stormed into a house and attacked the group.

The youngsters are said to have been shaken by their ordeal, but are unhurt.

They are due to fly back to the UK on 8 August.

The incident comes as a search continues in the rain forests of Ecuador for Northamptonshire teenager Aaron Goss who went missing on a school trip to the region.

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