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04th October 2017
FRONT PAGE Source:The Midweek Sun

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By Dikarabo Ramadubu -


Batswana escaped a terror attack on Sunday in America when retired accountant Stephen Paddock, 64, sent bullets on thousands attending a Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas from his adjacent Mandalay hotel room.
The hotel is situated in the Las Vegas strip, an area in Las Vegas that has all forms of gambling resorts. It’s about 6.8km long. The southernmost resort property is the Mandalay Bay which is not far from the hotel. The Mandalay Bay resort hosted the Country Music festival known as Route 91 Harvest Festival which on the day of the attack was on its third and last day.
Amongst Batswana who escaped by the Grace of the Lord are CEO of Botswana Gambling Authority, Thuli Johnson and four members of his executive staff who are currently in Las Vegas attending the annual Gambling Global Convention and Expo at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre.
Johnson confirmed to The Midweek Sun in an exclusive interview that he is in Las Vegas but is not hurt as he did not attend the festival despite being in the vicinity of the concert venue.
Johnson said he arrived in Las Vegas on a flight from Chicago and that everything was as Las Vegas should be - full of optimism and excitement.

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