Swedes arrested for fatal stabbing in Thailand

A 25-year-old man from the Gothenburg area was stabbed to death in the Thai tourist resort of Phuket on Monday. Two Swedish citizens have been arrested by Thai police in connection with the crime.

The man was murdered at around 9pm on Monday evening outside the apartment complex in which he was living. Two men are reported to have fled the scene, according to local media.

“We have had it confirmed that a 25-year-old Swedish man has been knifed in the throat and has died at the scene,” said Pär Kågeby at the Swedish embassy in Bangkok to the Expressen daily.

According to the Swedish foreign ministry, Thai police have identified a suspect, also a Swedish man and aged 26-years-old.

According to local media the police have a further suspect, described only as a “white male” who reportedly rented a house together with the 26-year-old in the vicinity of victim’s luxury home.

The men are believed to have fled the scene on a motorbike stolen from the victim.

On Tuesday, Thai police arrested two Swedish citizens on suspicion of murder.

“The two were arrested a few hours ago,” foreign ministry spokesperson Tobias Nilsson told the TT news agency on Tuesday morning.

“According to the Thai police they have confessed to the crime.”

The victim is reported to have returned home at around 8pm and was attacked by the two men who tried to strangle him with a wire, the Phuket Gazette reported. The man was then stabbed in the neck and died soon after from his wounds.

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