The disputed clam grounds where a fight involving around 75 residents from Thanh Hoa Province's Quang Nham and Hai Chau Communes took place last Sunday, killing three and injuring nine others. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Police in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa are investigating a fight that broke out Sunday morning between two groups of local residents at a river clam grounds, killing three and injuring nine.
Initial investigations revealed that the fight occurred at around 11 a.m. at the Yen River between more than 70 residents hailing from Quang Xuong District's Quang Nham Commune and Tinh Gia District's Hai Chau Commune.
The fight was due to conflicts over the area used to raise and catch clams along a section of river on the border between the two communes.
About 60 people from Quang Nham on 30 rafts and around 15 people from Hai Chau arrived on one speedboat and two rafts at the disputed clam grounds, starting a fight with sticks, knives, iron bars, bricks and rocks.
Three men To Van Dung, 61, Le Van Hieu, 47, of Hai Chau, and Le Kim Cuong a Quang Xuong resident who worked in Hai Chau sustained several injuries before falling into the river.
Local authorities and families found the dead bodies of Dung and Hieu Monday morning more than 100 meters from where site the fight broke out, and Cuong's dead body was seen Monday evening more than one kilometer from the fight scene, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.
Six others from Hai Chau, including Dung's sons To Van Dan and To Van Manh; and three from Quang Nham, were also injured in the melee.
The conflicts over clam grounds in the Yen River have taken place between residents of Quang Nham and Hai Chau communes for years, but local authorities have failed to keep the rivalry peaceful.
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