Café manager, guard knifed in Vietnam metro

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 are investigating a knife assault that seriously injured the manager and a guard of a café in the backpackers' quarter on Friday.

Initial investigations found that two young men arrived by motorbike in front of the Anh Thi café on Do Quang Dau Street at around 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Witnesses said one man waited outside when the other entered the shop. Upon seeing the café manager, Nguyen Thanh Xuan, 54, the man rushed toward him and slashed him several times with a 50-centimeter blade. 

Bleeding, Xuan screamed for help but that man continued knifing him, shouting: "I slashed [you] only to warn you." Xuan tried to resist but fainted.

Security guard Dang Hai Trieu, 30, ran to rescue Xuan, but was also slashed in the head and neck, which left him unconscious.

The attacker rushed out of the shop and fled with his accomplice.

Xuan and Trieu were then rushed to the hospital.

Doctors at 115 Hospital said Trieu had serious wounds on his head and neck, and the slash caused an artery in his neck to rupture.

Xuan also had many injuries in his body, doctors said without providing further details.

Police said Xuan may have had some personal conflicts with the attacker.  

According to a VnExpress report from Saturday, the two wounded men are recovering and are no longer in critical condition.

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