French woman killed during robbery in Cambodia

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14 November 2007, PHNOM PENH - A French woman was killed Wednesday when she was struck by a mini-bus after being pulled off a motorcycle taxi by purse-snatchers in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, police said.

14 November 2007

PHNOM PENH - A French woman was killed Wednesday when she was struck by a mini-bus after being pulled off a motorcycle taxi by purse-snatchers in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, police said.

Aurelia Lacroix, 28, died instantly following the noon-time robbery, which occurred when at least two young men on a motorcycle pulled up alongside her and grabbed her purse, said Ben Khun, deputy Phnom Penh traffic police chief.

"The victim fell off the motorcycle taxi and the mini-bus ran her over," he told AFP.

Officials said Lacroix was working as a legal intern in Cambodia.

The robbers escaped, he said, while both the bus and taxi drivers fled the scene, he added.

While robberies have decreased overall in Cambodia, purse and chain-snatching are on the rise and are particularly problematic around major holidays, affecting Cambodians and foreigners alike.

Cambodia next week is set to begin celebrating the Water Festival, which draws millions of people to the capital for four days of boat races and parties.

AFP

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