European Tourist Assaulted in BKK Old City

BANGKOK — A European tourist was hospitalized after being hit in the head with a beer bottle in Bangkok's historic quarter yesterday afternoon, police say.

Police say the incident took place in broad daylight on Phra Athit Road, close to the backpacker district surrounding Khaosan Road.

Witnesses told police they saw two men ride up to the tourist on a motorcycle, and hurl a beer bottle at her head. The pair then reportedly drove off in direction of the Grand Palace.

The victim was taken to Vajira Hospital where she was received ten stitches. Medical workers say she is "European" but did not specify her nationality, citing privacy protocols. 


Police say they believe the perpetrators were flower sellers at a local shrine who may have been angry because the tourist refused to buy flowers from them. 


Officers at Chanasongkram Police Station told reporters they are studying CCTV footage in the area to identify and locate the perpetrators.

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