The Bac Phong Sinh Gate on the border of Vietnam and China. Photo courtesy of Tien Phong
A group of illegal migrants from China killed two Vietnamese policemen and seriously injured four others in a shooting attack at Bac Phong Sinh Border Gate between Vietnam and China this noon.
Five Chinese nationals died in the attack, most of whom had committed suicide while the others were gunned down by Vietnamese police and border guard.
According to the Vietnamese Border guard, they were informed by Chinese colleagues at 5:30 a.m. this morning that a group of Chinese nationals was attempting to enter Vietnam illegally.
The Border guard and police of Hai Ha District intercepted the group and detained 16 people, including ten men, four women and two children.
The police and guards then kept the illegal migrants at the Bac Phong Sinh Border Gate, waiting to hand them over to Chinese authorities.
At noon, however, some of the detained managed to snatch an AK47 assault rifle from an officer and started the shooting rampage.
Three women in the group also armed themselves with knives, authorities said.
Police in Quang Ninh Province are preparing a press briefing on the incident in their area.
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