Man killed by machete in Saigon street fight

By Dam Huy - Cong Nguyen - Duc Tien, Thanh Nien News

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Locals watch as police examine the scene of a street fight in Ho Chi Minh City after midnight on July 12, 2015. Photo: Nguyen Bao Locals watch as police examine the scene of a street fight in Ho Chi Minh City after midnight on July 12, 2015. Photo: Nguyen Bao

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City are looking for members of two gangs involved in a violent midnight street fight that left one dead and another critical with multiple stab and slash wounds.
Pham Cong Nghia, 31, was killed by a machete on An Duong Vuong Street in District 8 after midnight on Sunday.
His friend Vu Son Tung suffered critical injuries before police arrived and all the gangsters left.
Investigation found the violence started when Nghia and Tung had some conflict with a group of young men while they were drinking at a restaurant in town.
The two left, threatening that they would come back to “take care of” them.
An hour later, the duo returned with six others carrying canes and machetes.
But the other group was already prepared, carrying many machetes and tridents.
They started fighting before Nghia’s group fled, leading to a chase that frightened many locals on An Duong Vuong.
Locals said they did not dare to intervene because the gangsters seemed fierce.
A staff member of a noodle soup stall on the street said one of the gangsters ran into his shop and took the knife for a weapon.
“Many customers and I here could only watch. None of us dared to say anything.”

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