In two separate locations, three foreign tourists were attacked and robbed by machete-wielding bandits around one of Indonesia’s most renowned surf destinations Wednesday afternoon. Gina Schillings and Barbara Klar from Germany were robbed unharmed, but Brian John from the United States sustained significant wounds when he refused to hand over his valuables.
According to Indosurflife, John was attacked while driving a car from Selong Belanak to Kuta, Lombok. When John saw an electrical cable hanging down on the road, he stopped and got out to investigate. Suddenly, a group of men with machetes surrounded him and demanded all of his money and valuables. When John refused, one bandit hit him several times with a machete. Seeing John was unable to resist any further, the men took all of his possessions and sped off. John shouted for help, was assisted by locals, and is being treated in a hospital in Mataram.