Taxi driver brutally assaulted by rival in central Vietnam

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A taxi driver from Mai Linh, a Vietnam's major transport firm, attacked a counterpart in Gia Lai Province with an axe Thursday night in a conflict over turf.

Nguyen Thanh Binh took the axe from his car and delivered three blows to the head of the other driver after the latter accused Binh of having invaded his working area at a bus station, the news website Dan Tri reported.

Tran Cao Dung, the attacked driver from Hung Nhan Taxi Firm, said his firm had signed a contract to operate exclusively at Duc Long bus station.

Dung was attacked as he was calling his firm to report the conflict, after Binh had refused to accept his explanation.

He was rushed to the hospital and remains in critical condition.

Le Phu Ha, director of the bus station, said the action of Mai Linh's driver "was completely wrong," as the contract Dung referred to does in fact exist. 

Ha said drivers from the two firms have argued several times at the bus station over the matter, although he had asked representatives of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Mai Linh Taxi Firm in the province to intervene.

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