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Cops, soldiers shot while revoking land

Update: January, 06/2012 - 10:23

HAI PHONG — Four policemen and two soldiers were shot during a land revocation operation yesterday morning in Tien Lang District's Vinh Quang Commune in northern Hai Phong City.

As of 6pm yesterday, the alleged shooters were still on the run. Hai Phong Police have mobilised additional forces to continue the search.

The victims, including head of the district's police department Pham Van Mai, suffered serious injuries on different parts of their bodies.

Two have been transferred to central hospitals in Ha Noi for more advanced treatment while the rest are being treated at the local Viet Tiep Hospital.

Yesterday morning, the officers and soldiers showed up at the warp near Roc Drainage with local authorities to force the current residents out of the area.

The land, which is primarily being used for aquatic farming and growing fruit, was being rented by 41-year-old Dao Van Vuon.

The lease had expired and Vuon had failed to pay the associated land tax for a long time, which prompted the local authorities to revoke the land.

During the operation, a secret team went in on an advance mission but as it moved in closer to the area, a home-made mine suddenly exploded, leaving two of the police officers unconscious.

For the safety of the group, Mai led another team to approach Vuon's house to call for him to give up and hand over any weapons.

When the team got close to the house, Vuon and his accomplices suddenly pointed a sawed-off shotgun (s) from inside and fired at the officers.

This was the second incident of officers being shot at on duty in just four days.

On Monday, a policeman was shot to dead and another was seriously injured while chasing a suspect vehicle on Binh Bridge. — VNS

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