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Ministry of Public Security investigates acid attack

Update: February, 18/2019 - 16:27
Võ Duy Nghiêm suffered severe burns in the acid attack. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Public Security has started an investigation into an acid attack on an overseas Vietnamese from Canada in the central province of Quảng Ngãi during the Lunar New Year holiday.

It was reported that on the evening of February 9, Võ Duy Nghiêm, 26, was attacked by two masked strangers while he was taking his girlfriend, 26-year-old Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Trâm, to dinner.

The strangers also slashed his tendons and knees before riding away.

Nghiêm was rushed to the hospital afterwards and taken to Canada for treatment with the assistance of a Canadian insurance company on February 15, according to Võ Duy Linh, Nghiêm’s father.

The police took sample of the white liquid suspected to be acid at the scene for testing. The area where the attack occurred had no cameras so identifying the attackers would be difficult, police said.

Nghiêm was born in Việt Nam but left for Canada in 2013. Nghiêm worked as a nail worker at a shop owned by his older brother Võ Duy Hoàng in Vancouver. Nghiêm and his girlfriend, who is a Canadian national but originally comes from Sóc Trăng Province, moved to another area to work and returned to Vancouver in 2018.

Nghiêm had returned to his hometown to welcome in the Lunar New Year in 2014 and 2019. — VNS




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