Last forest ranger kidnappers surrender in northern Vietnam

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Four illegal loggers wanted for kidnapping forest rangers in the northern province of Quang Binh last week have turned themselves in, local newspapers reported.

 

Three of them Tran Xuan Luong, Tran Xuan Hoang and Tran Xuan Huy -- surrendered Sunday, according to a report on Tuoi Tre Monday.

 

Meanwhile, Tran Xuan Phuc turned himself in to police the next day, Saigon Tiep Thi reported, adding that Phuc had been hiding in the forest.

 

According to initial police reports, the four accused and two others who have already been arrested attacked five forest rangers in a forest belonging to the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Minh Hoa District on Wednesday.

 

They then took three of the rangers to a cave and forced one ranger to return with two loggers to his home in order to collect  VND25 million (US$1,216) as ransom.

 

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However, local boarder guards and forest rangers rescued the hostages before the ransom drop could take place, thanks to information provided by the two other rangers who managed to run away during the attack.

 

Police are currently investigating the case.

 

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