A hawker's family in Binh Duong Province in southern Vietnam was brutally attacked by armed men early Wednesday, but received no help from 113, the emergency police unit, despite repeated calls.
Le Van Khanh, 55, his wife Le Thi Tho, 54, and their daughter and son, who live in Ben Cat District, suffered severe machete injuries.
The victims said three of the men first came at around 1 a.m. to buy dumplings from Le Thi Loan, 31, the daughter, but complained about the high price, and returned later with dozens of others with machetes to attack Loan and demolish her cart.
The other three of the family were injured while trying to save Loan.
"A ferocious-looking man ordered the others to cut Khanh to death," Tho said.
"We kept begging them, but they just continued until we all passed out on the sidewalk."
Some of Khanh's relatives, who had been too scared to intervene, said they dialled 113 several times but no one came.
They said the operator told them to call police from the local Thoi Hoa Commune instead. They did but again to no avail.
The victims were taken to hospital by their relatives, and the former had to go to the provincial police the next day to complain there.
The district police said they would track down the gangsters and investigate the allegations that other units did not respond.
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