QUANG TRI (VNS)— Police in central Quang Tri province will prosecute two men who were allegedly involved in the murder of five local villagers when they were collecting valuable scented wood near the border between Viet Nam and Laos.
The murders happened on March 23 in the border area between Quang Binh and Quang Tri Provinces in Viet Nam and Savannakhet Province in Laos.
The two suspects were charged with kidnapping, appropriating assets, robbery, illegally using military weapons and murder, according to local police.
They initially confessed that they had kidnapped the five villagers to demand a ransom of VND15 million (US$714) each and decided to kill the hostages when no ransom was paid.
Local police are searching for a Lao man believed to have colluded with the Vietnamese suspects. — VNS