A group of residents fatally beat up two people believed to be dog thieves in the central province of Quang Tri on Wednesday.
Nguyen Xuan Trieu, 41, and Nguyen Dang Cuong, 31, of Quang Binh Province are said to have gone on a motorbike to a rural village in Gio Linh District, Quang Tri, at around 2 a.m. to steal dogs.
On hearing the dogs bark and the sound of the motorbike, several dozen residents rushed out and chased the two men.
After fleeing for around two kilometers, the pair fell off the motorbike and were beaten to death by the residents.
Trieu died on the spot. After the police showed up, Cuong was rushed to the hospital but died afterwards.
Police are investigating the case further.