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British Tourists Killed in Thailand Were Hacked With Hoe

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The scene on the rocky beach where two British tourists were found, on September 15, 2014, in Koh Tao, Thailand. (Khaosod English/Barcroft Media/Landov)

By    |   Monday, 15 Sep 2014 11:47 AM

Two British tourists were found hacked to death on an island in Thailand known for its diving sites and serene beaches. Police said the murder weapon was a bloody hoe found nearby.

The Associated Press reported police as describing the two as a 23-year-old woman from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and a 24-year-old man from Jersey, Channel Islands. Their bodies were discovered early Monday on a beach on the small island of Koh Tao.

The bloodied hoe was found near the bodies, police Col. Prachum Ruangthong said.

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"The man was chopped in the back and on the side of his head, while the woman was chopped in her face," he said. "It's very gruesome."

Police said they had no immediate suspects and were checking closed circuit TV cameras at nearby restaurants, hotels and shops in search of the attackers. Investigators were also looking for witnesses who might know if the pair attended a nearby late-night beach party that attracted tourists.

Local media reported that outraged residents of the island, which is home to about 2,000 people and survives on tourism, had blockaded its piers to help police prevent the killers from escaping.

The attack came amid government efforts to revive Thailand's tourism industry after a military coup in May ended prolonged, sometimes violent political protests. Martial law remains in effect.

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