International travel can pose significant hazards to your health. Some travelers are exposed to exotic diseases. Others get attacked by machete-wielding bandits. That’s what happened to one ill fated couple who were exploring the wilds of Kenya. The attack was captured by the dash-cam on their Toyota Land Cruiser.
Bryant Swenson was behind the wheel as he and his wife Lauren were driving down a dirt road near Maai Mahiu, Kenya. The couple, originally from Utah, have been living in Nairobi where they run a CrossFit gym.
Their excursion on November 30 didn’t go as planned. As they pulled up on a white van, they realized they had interrupted a roadside robbery.
The interruption distracted the bandits, and the driver of the white van sped off. The bandits then turned their attention on the Toyota.
The situation eroded quickly. Bryant, hoping to avoid the robbers, threw the Toyota into reverse and backed away.
The men gave chase. As the couple put some distance between themselves and the robbers, they had to decide if they would run them over or not.
Bryant shifted into drive and sped back at the men who dove out of the way before they were struck.
But the road was rough and the men still chased them. “Are they still behind us?” Lauren asked.
And they were. But not for long. Someone had alerted the police, who brought guns to the knife fight. The video ends with the sound of the police opening fire on the men.
“Our fitness can prepare us for life, but there are times when things happen so fast that we can only give credit to God for His protection.”
“This happened yesterday on our way up to Kijabe with Shiv Simani, [Collins Monde], and [Lauren Swenson]. We came upon 3 bandits robbing a matatu. I had to back up long enough to roll my window up before passing by the guy wielding the ponga (machete.)”
“The guy on the far left had a handgun, but couldn’t get it out of his waistbelt in time. They chose this spot for ambush because the road is very rough, but fortunately we were in my 80 series. Also thankful for a manual transmission.”
“Just before encountering the bandits, we passed two armed police on foot. The gunfire you hear at the end of the video are the cops engaging. We are thankful to have been gone before the gun battle erupted.”