Illegal logger shot dead by national park ranger in Vietnam

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Police in the southeastern province of Dong Nai are investigating a case in which a forest ranger shot an illegal logger dead while patrolling a national park.

 

The incident happened at around 1 a.m. Sunday when four Cat Tien National Park rangers discovered Nguyen Hong Thang, 34, and his brother Nguyen Quang Canh, 28, cutting down a tree with a saw.

 

As the rangers approached the two men, a ranger named Toi was shot into the air to warn them and then suddenly took a false step, causing him to shoot Canh unintentionally, killing him on the spot, according to a Thanh Nien source.

  

However, a report in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper said that after the warning shot, another ranger caught Thang, while Canh allegedly turned to attack the rangers with the saw.

 

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The report said that Toi responded by firing five shots, one of which struck Canh's skull.

 

Thang has been taken into police custody. Local police refused to reveal if Toi is being detained or not.

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