13 arrested in hospital gang fight in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

By Ngoc Anh, Thanh Nien News

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A still shot recorded by a security camera at Dak Lak General Hospital of two gangs fighting on August 13, 2014 A still shot recorded by a security camera at Dak Lak General Hospital of two gangs fighting on August 13, 2014

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Dak Lak Province police in Vietnam's Central Highlands arrested 13 teenagers for engaging in an armed brawl at a provincial hospital.
The conflict started at an online game shop in the provincial capital of Buon Me Thuot when Pham Ngo Dinh Tu, 16, and Nguyen Dinh Anh Tuan, 20, got into a spat with Nguyen Huu Duc, 16, and Nguyen Thai Bao, 18.
Duc and Bao left and quickly returned with several friends.
Tuan and Tu convinced the group to meet them for a street brawl at 9pm the same day.
At the agreed time, the two gangs attacked each others with knives, machetes and clubs near the corner of Tran Phu and Nguyen Tri Phuong.
The fight ended after members of both sides sustained significant injuries.
Tuan suffered the worst and sustained eight different wounds.
At around 10 p.m., Tuan’s friends took him to Dak Lak General Hospital for treatment. Shortly after he was admitted, the rival gang arrived at the hospital.
Chaos ensued.
Several unarmed gang members picked up scissors and other medical items, sending hundreds of patients and hospital employees into a panic.
“The two groups chased each other all over the hospital, forcing doctors and patients to seek hiding places,” said Nurse Nguyen Thi Yen of the hospital’s emergency ward.
The two gangs only dispersed about 30 minutes later, when police arrived at the scene.
Tuan remained at the facility for medical treatment.
Following the incident, many inpatients asked to be discharged for fear of further violence.
Doctor Y Bliu Aru, the hospital's director, said the case seriously affected hospital operations.
“The hospital guards are unarmed and were unable to prevent violence among the large group of assailants. We have asked the police to work with us to maintain security,” he said.
Police said they are preparing charges of “causing public nuisances” and “deliberately injuring others.”

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