Thai bus conductor stabs tourist

A bus conductor allegedly stabbed a 36-year-old German tourist after he said that items had been stolen from his luggage, police said yesterday.

The man and his English wife were left at a gas station on Rama II Road in Samut Sakhon's Muang district.

The tourist, who sustained a knife wound in his left side, is in a stable condition at a local hospital.

Sumalee Yeesunkaew, 41, who alerted police said the couple had taken a green Aussie Sahachai Borikan Co bus from Surat Thani to Bangkok. They were the only passengers left on board when the bus reached the gas station, where it stopped for repairs. The man checked his luggage and saw his passport and US$10 had gone missing. When he began asking questions, the bus driver and conductor fled. Half an hour later the bus returned, and when the tourist demanded his stolen belongings, the conductor stabbed him before fleeing again, she said.

Muang Samut Sakhon Superintendent Colonel Jamraeng Sudjai said police had checked the station's security camera, but did not see any stabbing. They will contact the bus company to hunt for the suspect.

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