|The remains of the house after being burnt by the knife attacker. - VNA/VNS Photo Quốc Đạt|
CAO BẰNG — Police on Monday took into custody a man accused of killing four people, including two young children, in a knife attack in the northern province of Cao Bằng.
Lý Đình Khánh, 31, a resident of the Nà Phạc Hamlet in the Thạch An District, reportedly broke into the house of one of his neighbours, Triệu Thị Phương, at around 1am, attempting to rape her while Phương’s husband was away. The knife-wielding Khánh stabbed her when the woman fought back and tried to run next door to her brother-in-law seeking help.
The brother-in-law was not home, but his 96-year-old grandmother Lý Thị Dâm, his wife Triệu Thị Coi and his two kids were. Khánh chased Phương into the house, and attacked the whole family with his knife.
The midnight assault left Phương along with the six-year-old boy Triệu Văn Tiến and his two-year-old sister Triệu Nhật Uyên dead while the elderly Dâm was seriously injured. She later succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital.
Coi, meanwhile, managed to escape the scene and screamed for help. As neighbours woke up and gathered at the house, they sealed the doors with Khánh and his victims inside. He reportedly destroyed the furniture, set the house on fire and burnt it to ashes.
The police arrived shortly and arrested the man. Investigation is ongoing. — VNS