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Armed carjackers who murdered a young newlywed as she enjoyed her honeymoon in South Africa are being hunted by police.

Anni Dewani had been married to husband Shrien for just two weeks when their taxi was targeted in a township on the outskirts of Cape Town late on Saturday night.

The gunmen drove off with the couple inside the people carrier and forced Mr Dewani, 31, out of the window of the vehicle after driving around dark streets for 20 minutes.

With a gun held to his head, he was told that his partner would not be harmed. The body of his 28-year-old Swedish wife was found the next morning.

Police in South Africa are still hunting for the killers. A Western Cape Police spokesman said: “The investigation is still ongoing and the search for the suspects continues. No-one has been arrested and detectives are following up on all possible leads.”

Reports claim that Mrs Dewani was shot but officers would not comment on the cause of death.

Reliving the harrowing events, Mr Dewani said he had pleaded with the carjackers to release him and his wife unharmed.

“The first we knew that the cab was being attacked was when we heard the banging,” he told the Daily Mail. “They were so cold. They put a gun in my ear and pulled back the trigger – it really was the stuff of movies. The men kept on saying ‘We are not going to hurt you. We just want the car.’ That was a lie.

“Most of the conversation in the car was us pleading for us to be dumped together. I held on to Anni as I said to them ‘Look, if you’re not going to hurt her, why don’t you let us go?'”

The couple, who married in India, spent the first four days of their honeymoon on safari in Kruger National Park before heading to a five-star hotel in Cape Town. Mr Dewani, from Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol, said they decided to venture outside of the normal tourist areas to see the “real Africa”.

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