Business enmity suspected in Vietnam car bomb explosion

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Explosives possibly planted by business-related adversaries went off in a Lexus car owned by a company deputy director in the northern Vietnamese province of Quang Ninh last Friday.

Le Huu Vinh said his family was shocked to hear the blast at around 4 a.m. from the garage in his house in Mong Cai town, the capital of the province bordering China.

It caused damage worth around VND100 million (US$5,000) to the body, tyres, and gas tank, he said.

Vinh, deputy director of a Chinese-owned firm based in the province, told news website VietNamNet the explosion could be related to some conflicts involving his company.

It is not known what business the company is involved in.

Vinh's subordinates Le Van Diep and Nguyen Minh Tri had been killed in May 2009 in China by members of a Quang Ninh gang run by Nguyen Tien Phuong.

A court last year sentenced Phuong and his younger brother to death.

The police are investigating the blast.

Explosives are becoming a popular weapon in Vietnam. On June 21 two brothers in Hanoi used a hand-made explosive to threaten a gold shop. Their heist failed, but several people were injured when the bomb went off.

On May 16 an explosion occurred under similar circumstances at a gold shop in Nha Trang in central Vietnam.

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