4 seized for hijacking boat in northern Vietnam

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Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh Wednesday arrested four people for allegedly hijacking a 150-ton boat last month.

Nguyen Van Truong, 32, and Vu Thi Huyen, 41, are accused of leading their gang to attack the boat piloted by Bui Van Thanh, 38, on November 21 with guns, knives, and swords, according to the Quang Ninh police, who made the arrest with help from their Hanoi and Hai Phong city counterparts.

The two other arrested were Do Van Thai and Nguyen Tien Dung, both 30.

Thanh had been quoted by news website Dan Tri as saying the boat was attacked by eight masked people.

According to the police, the hijack occurred when the boat was anchored in Dong Xa Commune, Van Don District, for repairs.

The gang knifed Thanh in the arm and left him together with two others who were on board at the time on an island in Van Don before leaving with the boat and the crew's VND7.3 million (US$347.38) in cash and two mobile phones.

The police were not informed until the crew sent a telegram home, Dan Tri said.

The police sent personnel to the island to rescue the victims, who had been on their way from Quang Ninh to Hai Phong with the vessel that Thanh's relative had bought for VND475 million ($22,600).

The police later found the boat anchored in Cam Pha District and seized it.

They are investigating further.

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