French man murdered at river Kwai bridge

19th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

BANGKOK, Nov 19 (AFP) - A French tourist was shot dead in a robbery in the Thai town of Kanchanaburi, famous as the location of the film "Bridge Over the River Kwai", police and embassy officials said Wednesday.

BANGKOK, Nov 19 (AFP) - A French tourist was shot dead in a robbery in the Thai town of Kanchanaburi, famous as the location of the film "Bridge Over the River Kwai", police and embassy officials said Wednesday.

Laurent Marie, 33, was shot by one of three robbers early Tuesday as he and two friends walked to their guest house in the normally sleepy and peaceful tourist town, which lies in Thailand's west near the Myanmar border.

Police said the three robbers trailed the tourists on a motorcycle and attempted to snatch their belongings but the victim fought back, and was shot by one of the men who was armed with a gun.

"He died in hospital because the bullet cut a main artery," said Lieutenant Natthawat Yamcheunpong from the local Muang district police station.

Matthawat said nobody had been arrested yet over the shooting.

Police said Marie arrived in Thailand on Saturday and headed to Kanchanaburi, which is popular for its beautiful waterfalls and scenery as well as World War II historic sites including the "death railway" and Allied cemeteries.

The death railway and the bridge over the river Kwai, which was immortalised in the film of the same name and still stands, were built by prisoners of war during Japan's occupation of Thailand.


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