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Gunfight at China border kills seven

Update: April, 19/2014 - 09:55
Two Vietnamese border guards and five Chinese nationals were killed in a shooting incident at a border gate in the northern province of Quang Ninh yesterday.— Photo congan
QUANG NINH (VNS) — Two Vietnamese border guards and five Chinese nationals were killed in a shooting incident at a border gate in the northern province of Quang Ninh yesterday.

A local official confirmed that this was not a terror case, but a spontaneous act by the Chinese illegal immigrants.

A number of others, including four Vietnamese border guards, were also wounded, the official claimed.

The immigrants, including 10 men, four women, and two children, were detained early during the day, when they were trying to illegally gain entry into Viet Nam through the Bac Phong Sinh border gate in Hai Ha District during the early hours of the morning. Later, they were taken back to the border gate.

At noon, when procedures to hand them over to the Chinese authorities were being completed, which is in line with the international common practice, some of the Chinese men snatched a gun from an officer and started to fire, killing a Vietnamese border guard on the spot. This forced the Vietnamese border guards to adopt legitimate self-defence measures.

Turning a deaf ear to the persuasion efforts by the Vietnamese and Chinese authorities, who called on them to lay down the gun and surrender, the group holed up and tried to destroy the office of the Vietnamese border guards, prompting the law enforcement authorities to take professional measures to approach and arrest them.

However, they resisted the border guards and, at the same time, some were wounded. Some of them jumped off the building and committed suicide.

The Quang Ninh authorities acted immediately to restore law, order, and security in the area, and worked in tandem with the Chinese authorities to resolve the matter.

By 3:15 p.m., the situation was brought under control. The local authorities are actively coordinating with the Chinese side to deal with the incident in line with the two countries' laws and international common practices. — VNS

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