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Two Swedes killed in Thailand in past week

TT/The Local/vt · 23 Jan 2011, 18:46

Published: 23 Jan 2011 18:46 GMT+01:00

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Separately, another Swedish man was allegedly stabbed to death on Thursday in Patong, according to the Phuket Wan newspaper.

According to a witness, the man was riding a motorcycle when he struck a utility pole and was thrown under a passing six-wheeled truck, according to Thailand's Phuket Gazette on Sunday.

The 32-year-old man was crushed and died instantly, according to rescue workers, the report said.

Tobias Nilsson of the foreign affairs ministry's press service confirmed that the Swedish embassy in Bangkok has informed it of the fatality.

"We have received confirmation from Thailand that this has taken place. The man's relatives have not yet been informed," he told Aftonbladet on Sunday.

The ministry is currently working on notifying his next of kin, the report said.

The accident took place at around 8.30am local time. The man died in front of the Duangjitt Resort.

The truck driver told the Gazette that he was driving at about 30 kilometres an hour and that the ice truck was "running straight" when the victim fell under it.

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Three days earlier, a 53-year-old Swedish man was found in his flat with two deep stab wounds on the left side of his back and cuts on his back from broken glass, the Phuket Wan reported.

Bloody footprints were also found in the room, but Camilla Åkesson Lindblom of the foreign ministry's press service rejected suspicions that the man was stabbed to death, telling Aftonbladet on Friday that he may have fallen on something sharp.

In addition, earlier on Sunday, the body of a 42-year-old Hungarian doctor was pulled out of the swimming pool of the Sunprime Kamala Beach Resort in Phuket, operated by Swedish charter travel operator Ving.

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Your comments about this article

21:15 January 23, 2011 by Arturio
he fallen on sharpeness thing? hahaha that's funny
21:38 January 23, 2011 by mikewhite
Had it been in Sweden, the explanation for the stab victim might have been plausible
21:54 January 23, 2011 by Nilspet
It is sad to here but it is no surprise that Swedish tourists/expats in Thailand can die of any cause. There are after all over 350 000 Swedes visiting the country per year. Each year there are thousands of tourists that die while on holidays. These two cases sound quite ordinary to me. I would be scared if the cause of death was terrorism.

R.I.P. to my fellows.
03:46 January 24, 2011 by jbat
Nilspet.. lol.. from nothing... then come the term terrorism in your mind.. you must have same brain as Bushhher have i think...

Anywa... do you still scared of Iraq's WMD Nilspet? You know what.. Saddam ghost may awake during the night and continue his work in this great WMD weapon... this ghost.. it is bullet, carpet bomb and random air strike proof Nils...so your US army maybe useless... so you must have live in scared all the time Nils...its eeeriii right?

05:49 January 24, 2011 by UScitizen
@ jbat

where did you get that rant from? If you're not logged on from the group computer in the nut house, you might want to pay them a visit. YOU seem to be the one who's paronoid about the US and afraid a man who's no longer in power. I've got news for you buddy..... Saddam's ghost isn't coming back and neither is Bush. You anti-American types are all alike,,,, scared of someone who can't harm you.
08:29 January 24, 2011 by Keith #5083

Just for the record....

Most of the Middle East/Arab world had also been 'concerned' about SH, as it is now about Iran.It is the whole process of "being scared" that hyped human adrenalin and helped the human species to survive. I believe it's called the fight or flight response.

Of course, other than in Tunisia, this response has been religiously suppressed to allow political control in Arab lands, where the definition of fight is limited to bombing innocent civilians and the definition of flight to hijacking civilian aircraft.
08:50 January 24, 2011 by SweetBlue

Careful.....don't turn around. There is a big, bad, scary AMERICAN about to get you!

08:59 January 24, 2011 by UScitizen

I am scared now! Of your ignorence. You're funny and cute! for those who are interested, here's the link to the original story which says the guy was "savagely knifed to death ".

PS sweetblue; I hope you're really not so dumb that you believe the spin the Swedish government puts on the news here. They want the population kept in the dark, to make them believe that we big, bad scary AMERICANS will get them. That way, they'll all be forever dependment on their government to protect them and take advantage of them.

09:13 January 24, 2011 by Keith #5083
"….minds resort to conspiracy theory because it is the ultimate refuge of the powerless. If you cannot change your own life, it must be that some greater force controls the world."

Roger Cohen
10:35 January 24, 2011 by UScitizen
@ sweetblue

I wish to apologize to you for my comment above. I read yours wrong so it seems that I am the dumb one in this instance. However, I'm willing to admit when I'm wrong and I certainly was. What an embarassment for me. I need to wake up on Monday mornings. Putting my foot in my mouth doesn't taste good. Once again, sorry for MY ignorance.
11:50 January 24, 2011 by DJECKY
hahaha, The storey is that our two brothers are death in thailand,may be accidentally or man made.its is not about Arabs or Saddam nor Bush and America!!!.

What we should concerntrate on, now is how the corps will be brought back home and how the farmily gonna be informed and necessary measures taken for those travelling to foriegn places..I dont see why ,when an article is publish narrow minded,but highly educated (gramatics) devert the main issue to race stuff pouring what they presium xrays them as educated demagues,can we seat up and think like mature human, please.or is it that commentators on public scenerio are still sucking thier mother,s breast milk in this our morden society?
13:43 January 24, 2011 by crofab
The comments here are almost worse than YouTube comments...

The first death seems to indicate alcohol may have been involved. Either that or the guy had no idea how to ride a motorbike/motorcycle. Who rides a motorcycle into a utilty pole? Anyway, it's a shame nonetheless.
13:48 January 24, 2011 by soultraveler3
It's sad that someone can't even make a comment wishing for people who have passed to rest in peace without it turning into some silly back and forth argument. The topic of the argument is in no way related to the topic of the article either. Typical local sillyness.

Is it really that hard to have a nice exchange of logical opinions and ideas? :)
15:43 January 24, 2011 by jbat
Hahaha.. UScitizen.. your brain have been brainwash by Busherr yank.. yup i scared those FBI.. NSA.. or whatever you US citizen call it since they can come and get you.. put you in the cage like animal like what happen at guantanamo... without any trial.... yeah.. good for us citizen.. they know how to treat other race very well! long time ago they do this to red indian people.. then black people.. now muslim as their govt scapegoat after making war for oil and profit!

Keith talked about Iran... haha.. Iran is the next US target Keith...they will be treated like those Iraqis being treated at this moment later.. so don´t tell like US is protecting Iran for what they do.. yeah.. this US is fighting for WMD you know that.. WMD!!! hehehe

I agree with DJECKY... this story have no connection or whatsoever with any American or Arabs. but thats good US citizen called Nilspet come out with the term terrorism.. what a very good idea.. common american idea actually... same like their leaders... they create war at another people country.. and blaming other races as a scapegoat... ask Busher who teach and feed Osama the puppet with food and weapons?

Lolololll...Come on everybody! UScitizen you can lead this cheers!

Hail the war maker!!!!!!
16:37 January 24, 2011 by UScitizen
@ jbat(s in your belfry)

You're right. I just checked with my contacts in the FBI and CIA and tthey ARE reading your posts and watching you. Yeah, they know who and where you are and they're coming to getcha!!! Keep your eyes open..... THEY'RE EVERYWHERE!!

You're the next target, not Iran. Peace, brother.
17:22 January 24, 2011 by svenne101
every year more than 1000 tourist die in thailand. one of the major cause was drunk and drive on motor cycles. and mostly american and british tourists.

swedes are very rare.
17:31 January 24, 2011 by Nilspet

You are very good at making a big deal out of nothing. I did not refer these deaths to terrorisms whatsoever. I said I would be scared if they were killed by terrorists. No hidden agenda.

To me it is very normal that Swedes die abroad. We travel a lot ... I heard somewhere that about 4.5-5 million Swedes travel outside Sweden each year. Causes of death do vary of course. Just an example for you...over 1 million Swedes visit Spain each year and many lost their lives there due to natural causes from heart attacks to drowning to car accidents. I am not sure that the incidents in Thailand were even worth a news article. Dozens of foreign tourists lose their lives in Thailand each year in road accidents partly because they cannot cope with chaotic traffic there. Well roads in Thailand are still very safe compared to many countries. As reported in this news article the cause of death of this motorcyclist was horrible but such the thing could have happened anywhere.
23:49 January 24, 2011 by Maler1971
Thailand is a dump! Why would u go there? If something happens there is no justice either.
02:10 January 25, 2011 by Keith #5083

You make some very good points - except your dots do not connect!

Whether Iraq or Iran they have never needed the USA, or any other foreigners, to help them kill each other off.

The only thing the west has to fear is that you all become friends and start loving each other. If that were to happen maybe the world would change totally.

Meanwhile, in Thailand, 2 guys died. Your sympathy was noted.
05:52 January 25, 2011 by volvoman9
@Keith #5083 I assume in your second post you were referring to religion. In your third post you are spot on. The old adage goes... "You know how to keep two Arabs from fighting? ... Stick a Jew between them."
11:30 January 25, 2011 by Keith #5083

the NEW adage goes

" know how to keep two arabs from fighting...stick an American or a suicide bomber between them!"
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