Men attack cops as robbery attempt busted in southern Vietnam

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Pham Anh, one of the two men who allegedly tried to hold up customers coming out of a bank in the Mekong Delta Province of Ca Mau Thursday.

Police in the Mekong Delta Province of Ca Mau Thursday arrested one of the two men who allegedly attempted to rob people coming out of a local bank and injured two officers who tried to capture them.

Pham Anh, 28, had in his possession two guns, bullets, and a knife. His accomplice Pham Van Anh is still at large.

The police said the two planned to hold up customers coming out of a branch of the Agriculture and Rural Development Bank in Ca Mau town.

They kept watching people and followed them on a motorbike.

After being informed by some people, Senior Lieutenant Vo Van Tai and Second Lieutenant Pham Van Kien of the ward 7 police division arrived at the spot. Seeing them, the two men started their bike, planning to flee.

But Tai managed to grab and push over the vehicle.

Pham Anh took out a gun and shot Tai in the arm.

When Kien tried to come to his colleague's rescue, Anh took a shot at him but missed. Anh then slashed him in the arm with a knife.

But the officers managed to overpower Anh with support from bystanders.

However, the other Anh fled on foot, and attempted to grab a motorbike from a woman at knifepoint but failed, the police said.

Later he managed to steal a motorbike from Truong Dong Khai, a Ca Mau Party official, to flee.

Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Ho Quoc Viet, deputy chief of the town police division, told Thanh Nien that Pham Anh, who hails from the central city of Da Nang, has been jailed thrice before for robbery.

He had met the other Anh in prison, Viet said, adding that the duo arrived in Ca Mau just that morning.

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