Loggers hold forest rangers for ransom in north Vietnam

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A group of loggers abducted five forest rangers and held them in a cave for ransom for several hours in the northern province of Quang Binh on Wednesday.

A Saigon Tiep Thi report Thursday said the abduction followed the confiscation of two cubic meters of illegally logged wood on Sunday by forest rangers from Thuong Hoa Commune who were on a patrol around the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. The rangers also destroyed a tent that had been illegally put up in the Hung Vung area.

On their way back from the patrol on Wednesday, the forest rangers were attacked by a group of five loggers who took them into a cave and kept them there without food and drink, the Saigon Tiep Thi reported.

Two of the rangers managed to escape and inform a local border guard post about the abduction.

When the local border guards and police came to negotiate with the kidnappers, the latter demanded VND25 million (US$1,216) in ransom.

However, early Thursday morning the forces managed to rescue the rangers and arrest one of the loggers, according to the news source. The others escaped.

The case in now under investigation, police said.

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