|Tân Khoa being treated at the Lâm Đồng General Hospital after being attacked by a group of armed people. – VNA/VNS Photo Đặng Tuấn|Viet Nam News
LÂM ĐỒNG – Authorities in the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng are conducting an investigation of a case in which one man was killed and two others injured while on duty at the Nam Ban Protective Forest in Lâm Hà District on Monday afternoon.
The three men were attacked by several people with weapons. Nguyễn Ái Tĩnh, 49, died at the scene while Tân Khoa, 21, and Triệu Vũ Hiệp were injured.
Tĩnh and Khoa are workers at the Nam Ban Protective Forest Management Board. Hiệp is deputy director of the Phi Tô Commune Forest Management Unit.
Hiệp was discharged from hospital after his injuries were tended to.
Khoa is still under treatment at the Lâm Đồng General Hospital with a brain injury.
Hiệp said that around noon on Monday, the unit received information that part of the forest was being cleared to use as agricultural land.
Six police, three militiamen and 10 forest management workers were assigned to the scene.
The forest guards asked the residents to the Phi Tô Commune Guard Station to work on the case.
The forest guards then left the scene and after about 2km they were confronted by about 100 people, some armed, who attacked them. – VNS