Police in the northern province of Thai Binh have rescued a police officer from two kidnappers who abducted him to recover a debt from his son.
Tran The Cuong, 27, and Hoang Van Neng, 24, went to the house of Nguyen Van Tien, deputy police chief of a commune on the night of September 7, and looked for his son to whom they had lent VND10 million (US$480).
Failing to find him they abducted Tien, forcing him to go with them on a motorbike. Neng was armed with a knife and Cuong a gun.
They immediately called his family and demanded a ransom of VND15 million for his release, threatening to kill him if they did not get the money.
The family called the police who sent officers to the appointed place, but the duo did not show up.
Following a tip-off from locals, the police found the two of them on a street even as they were planning to take the hostage north to Quang Ninh Province, the hometown of Cuong.
They nabbed Neng immediately but Cuong fled on foot. They gave chase but had to duck for cover as he fired shots at them with his gun.
It took officers four hours to arrest him and rescue the cop.
They are investigating further.
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