|Nguyễn Văn Tiến at the local police station on Wednesday.— VNA/VNS Photo Thái Hùng|Viet Nam News
BẮC NINH — Local police from the northern province of Bắc Ninh has officially decided to prosecute Nguyễn Văn Tiến, the owner of scrap that exploded on Wednesday morning, killing two children and injuring nine people in Yên Phong District’s Quan Độ Village.
Nguyễn Tử Quỳnh, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said Tiến, 54, of Yên Phong District’s Văn Môn Commune, was remanded into custody on the same day to investigate for illegally storing and trading military weapons under Item 3, Article 304 of the 2015 Penal Code.
Colonel Phạm Hồng Sơn, head of the provincial Police Department, said Tiến admitted to the police that he had bought seven tonnes of old cartridges from a staff member of the Technology Centre for Bomb and Mine Disposal under the Army’s Engineering Command since January 2016 to disassemble scrap. The scrap was collected at a warehouse where the explosion occurred.
Four nearby houses collapsed in the explosion and damaged dozens of others within a diameter of 500m were damaged. The explosion created a gaping hole at the scene, measuring 4m in width and 20m in length.
In a related move, Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình ordered the local administration to work with the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of National Defence to identify the cause of the explosion.
Bình wants a report on the case to be submitted to him before January 15. — VNS