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British woman injured by wild buffalo

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A doctor inspects the injuries of the British tourist. Lim Pheakry

A British tourist suffered serious injuries to her legs on Tuesday when she was attacked by a wild buffalo while walking through a forest to get to a beach on an island off Cambodia’s coast.

Police said the British woman was attacked on Tuesday while on her way to visit a beach on Rong Sanloem Island in Preah Sihanouk’s Koh Rong Sanloem commune.

Nop Panha, the Preah Sihanouk provincial deputy police chief, said a military force was on standby on the island.

“We cooperated with the military force stationed on Koh Rong to search for the buffalo, which was hiding in the forest. The victim was a British woman. She was seriously injured and was sent to the Preah Sihanouk town hospital,” he said.

According to her passport details posted on a local media website, the victim was Fiona Childs, 47, a British citizen.

Pol Phosda, the chief of Sihanoukville police, said the buffalo was found in the evening and the owner agreed to cover the medical expenses of the victim.

“The military force found and caught the buffalo. It’s hard to punish the owner of the buffalo because it was unintentional and out of his control. Now he has undertaken the responsibility of paying for the medical expenses of the victim and he is willing to let the military kill the buffalo if need be,” he said.

Full story in Wednesday’s paper.

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