Two Italian women have been brutally murdered on the tropical island paradise of Cape Verde.
Police say a preliminary autopsy indicates they were stoned to death. A third managed to escape the attack and raise the alarm.
The women were on a surfing holiday on the normally peaceful island, popular with beachgoers.
Their bodies were partially buried at the bottom of a ditch.
The surviving victim, a 17 year old, had been left for dead with her friends but had managed to crawl out of the hole.
She was taken to hospital suffering from fractures and needing 18 stitches in her head.
Cape Verde is a former Portuguese colony about 500 kilometres off the coast of Senegal. Its economy is heavily dependent upon tourism and is a haven for sun-seekers and water sports enthusiasts.
Three local men have been arrested by police in connection with the murders, who they say, had invited the women out to dinner.