Police in the capital city of Hanoi have arrested five men for allegedly possessing illegal military weapons.
At around 4 p.m. of February 23, a troop of police officers on duty pulled over a taxi carrying Phi Van Chien, 24, and Nguyen Quoc Tuan, 19, both from the adjacent province of Vinh Phuc, in Long Bien District.
They found in the cab a bag containing an AK assault rifle and 83 bullets used for various types of riffles, as well as a hand grenade.
The next day, Hanoi police also arrested Hoang Van Huong, 20, Nguyen Manh Giau, 22, and Nguyen Van Dai, 33, for their alleged involvement.
An Ninh Thu Do (Capital Security) newspaper quoted Hanoi police as saying on February 27 that Chien was a drug addict who lived with Dai, an old acquaintance, since early January. Chien learned that Dai had weapons at his house in Tu Liem District and stole them when Dai went out.
He then met with Giau, Huong and Tuan at a motel in Long Bien District in order to form a plan to sell the stolen weapons, according to the newspaper.
Chien and Tuan confessed at the police station that they were on their way to sell the weapons to one of Tuan's acquaintances at the time they were arrested.
Police are investigating.
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