Police in Binh Thuan Province Sunday arrested a drug addict who allegedly walked into a stranger's house and slashed people with a knife before attacking people on the street outside, killing one person and injuring 19 others.
Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Dinh Kim Lap, chief of the Tuy Phong District police, said the 27-year-old suspect, whom he referred to as just Tien, was an addict whose family was about to send him to Da Lat for rehabilitation.
After a wedding party Sunday Tien went to a cafe and was having a cup of coffee when he suddenly whipped out a knife and bolted into a nearby house where he injured four people belonging to a family, according to witnesses.
Then he came out and attacked passers-by, stabbing and slashing 16 others.
Half the victims were admitted to Bac Binh Thuan District General Hospital, where Nguyen Thi Lien, 48, succumbed to her injuries.
The rest were taken to Phan Ri Cua Hospital.
Doctors at Bac Binh Thuan Hospital said two of the victims, both 63, were transferred to the Binh Thuan Province General Hospital due to the seriousness of their injuries.
Many were injured in the head, they added.
The police are investigating.
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