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Robber kills Laotian in Loei forest

Jan 28. 2018
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By The Nation

An armed robber shot dead a Laotian foraging for food in a forest in Loei province early on Sunday.

The robber also entered the victim’s small hut in the middle of the forest to search for valuables. After finding the hut had nothing precious, the robber fired a shot at the victim’s father and left. The father, however, escaped unhurt. His wife, Khun Sriputhong, said the robber made away with her husband’s cellphone and Bt26,000 cash.

The victim, identified as Taotad Boontawong, sustained a gunshot wound to his forehead and another on his left hand. 

Locals said the Lao family was very poor and earned a living doing odd jobs, catching fish, and rummaging for food in the forest.

The victim’s seven-year-old daughter also suffered from physical disabilities.

With all the cash gone, the family does not have any money to buy a coffin for Taotad, said locals who are trying to raise funds to help the victim’s family.

Police received the death report at 1.30am and vowed to trace the killer.

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