2 die, 3 injured fighting illegal sand miners in northern Vietnam

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Police in the northern province of Quang Binh Friday arrested nine people for allegedly causing the deaths of two and injuring three others when they were caught illegally mining sand on Friday.

Phan Dinh Kinh, chairman of the Mai Thuy Commune People's Committee, told Thanh Nien that at around 2 a.m. that day a local team of six people tasked with fighting illegal sand mining found a couple of boats mining sand along the Kien Giang River.

They then asked the miners to stop, but the latter refused, Kinh said.

When the team was approaching, one of the mining boats crashed into the team's boat, which caused some of the team members to fall into the river.

Kinh said said after that the miners attacked the team with shovels and sticks.

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Two of the members, Duong Minh Thuoc and Le Van Binh, both 58, drowned in the river, according to the official, adding that their bodies were recovered later that day.

Meanwhile, three others were injured with stab wounds allegedly caused by the miners.

Police are investigating the incident.

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