Australian woman killed, 2nd hurt in Thai robbery


BANGKOK (AP) -- An Australian woman has been stabbed to death and another has been hurt in a street robbery on the Thai resort island of Phuket.

Police Lt. Col. Boonlert Onklang said Thursday that 60-year-old Michelle Elizabeth Smith had resisted an attempt by two Thai men on a motorcycle to snatch her bag at knifepoint.

Smith was stabbed in the chest late Wednesday night while fighting them and died shortly after the men fled.

Boonlert said 45-year-old Tammy Lee Lynn suffered a gash on her arm while trying to aid Smith. She required hospitalization but was well enough to return home.

The two Australians were among 11 people from Perth who traveled to Phuket on a survey trip for their travel agency.