Thai Nguyen police have arrested two men accused of attacking a television reporter who had reported about illegal mining in the northern province.
The arrestees, 22-year-old Duong Nghia Hau and 24-year-old Chu Van The, are facing charges of deliberately injuring other, police said.
The case happened on September 4 when Nguyen Ngoc Quang, 44, deputy chief of the news desk at Thai Nguyen Radio and Television Station, was driving a car with his wife inside from his house in Dong Hy District to the office in Thai Nguyen Town.
When Quang reached Gia Bay Bridge, two masked young men on a motorbike blocked his car and used a hammer to break its front door.
As Quang and his wife, Pham Kieu Nhi, ran away, these men chased them and attacked Quang with knives, leaving him eight wounds in his shoulders, back, and arms.
Nguyen Ngoc Quang, 44, sustains multiple injuries in the attack on September 4, 2015. Photo: CTV
They only fled after Quang and his wife entered into a nearby house.
Phan Huu Minh, director of Thai Nguyen Television and Radio Broadcaster, said the stabbing was likely linked to a series of Quang’s stories exposing illegal gold mining operations in Vo Nhai District, which were broadcast on Vietnam Television's VTV 24 late last month.
Earlier, on August 30, the gate of Quang’s house in Dong Hy District’s Hoa Thuong Commune was burnt. The culprit is yet to be identified.
Colonel Dang Duc Dang, spokesperson of Thai Nguyen Police Department, said that Hau and The have admitted to attacking Quang.
“The defendants confessed they attacked the reporter over personal conflicts,” police told the media without elaborating.
The investigation continues.