Tourist couple brutally attacked

August 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Italian police say a gang of men badly beat a Dutch couple and raped the woman while they camped in an isolated field outside Rome during a cycling tour of Europe. The Carabinieri paramilitary police say three or four men struck when the married couple, both in their fifties, were asleep in a tent at Ponte Galeria, an area on the Tiber River between Rome and the sea.

They are being treated for shock and multiple fractures at Rome's San Camillo hospital.

Carabinieri Capt. Fabrizio Cassatella said Saturday the attackers also stole some US$2,200.