Police in southern Vietnam on Thursday arrested two men who allegedly tried to set their wives and in-laws on fire in two separate murder attempts after the Lunar New Year.
The men, Tran Van Diep and Ngo Cong Son, are both at the age of 36.
Diep told Ho Chi Minh City police that he visited his estranged wife Phan Thi Thuy Ngan on Tuesday trying to rekindle their marriage and ask her not to divorce him.
Things however turned sour and he was asked to leave.
The man allegedly returned to Ngan's rented room around 1 a.m. on Wednesday and used a string to tie the door from outside. Then he set the room on fire with diesel.
According to police, Ngan was the first to recognize the arson attack.
She immediately took her two children to hide in the bathroom, together with her mother and a younger brother, who were sharing the same place.
They were rescued and taken to hospital with serious burns. Ngan in particular is still in critical condition.
After the fire, Diep tried to commit suicide by jumping in a local river. He was saved and then arrested by the police.
Also on Thursday, police in the neighboring Binh Duong Province said they are also investigating into a very similar attack.
Ngo Cong Son turned himself into police hours after he locked his wife and her mother in their room and tried to burn it down with gasoline.
The two victims were saved by a neighbor, suffering minor burns.
Son told police that he was angry after discovering that his wife had bought her younger brother a mobile phone without his permission.
The wife has requested local authorities not to press charges against him.
However, police said Son will be prosecuted for the murder attempt.