People's Committee held at gunpoint in Ho Chi Minh City

By Dam Huy, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Ngoc Thong (R) being interrogated at a police station. Photo: Dam Huy Nguyen Ngoc Thong (R) being interrogated at a police station. Photo: Dam Huy
Ho Chi Minh City police arrested two men for threatening a government office with a gun loaded with rubber bullets on Thursday after being refused approval on a series of document duplicates.
The incident left dozens of government officials and residents at the Tan Phu District People’s Committee stricken with terror, the district administration.
The suspects were named as Nguyen Van Truong, 27, and Nguyen Ngoc Thong, 43, both Tan Phu locals.
Police said Truong arrived at the office to certify some duplicated documents at around 4:30pm.
The agency refused to certify them because the original copies were blurry.
Thinking the agency was causing difficulties, Truong phoned Thong and asked him to come to resolve the dispute.
Thong appeared a few minutes later. After being told by Truong about the case, he suddenly produced a pistol and threatened the government officials.
Eyewitnesses called the police who arrived soon after the incident.
Truong was arrested while trying to escape while Thong was arrested when he returned to the scene to find out what had happened to Truong.
At the police station, Thong confessed that he'd gotten the gun from a security company he once worked for.
Apparently, the job provided him a license to use it.
After retiring, he took a job as a motorbike mechanic as a motorbike mechanic but continued to hold onto the gun, which was loaded with two rubber bullets.
Police are investigating the case.

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