17-year-old boy arrested for pregnant woman's murder

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Police in the central province of Thanh Hoa Friday announced they have arrested a 17-year-old boy believed to have killed a pregnant woman while attempting to rob her house a day earlier.

Tran Quang Duc has reportedly confessed to the police that at 5 a.m. on Thursday, he broke into the house of Le Thi Giang, 30, planning to rob her and pay off his gambling debts.

Giang, who was five months pregnant, caught him in the act and called for help, so Duc took a knife that Giang used to cut meat and continuously slashed her, police said.

The woman died on the spot with 27 slashes found all over her body, head and face, according to police.

After the murder, Duc left for his mother's shop and helped her with her business, police said, adding that his family and Giang were neighbors.

It is not known if Duc had taken anything from Giang's house.

Police are investigating the case further.

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