Two arrested for robbing foreign tourists in Vietnam metro

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested two people for allegedly robbing three foreign visitors, Dan Tri reported Monday.

According to the newswire, on Sunday, Nguyen Phuoc Ly, 30, and Vo Thanh Tung, 34, were caught riding a motorbike to get close to the tourists who were walking on Hai Ba Trung Street in District 1.

After one of them snatched a handbag, which was later identified to contain two passports, a camera and VND1.5 million (US$71) in cash, the duo sped up. They were soon chased by officers, the source said. And the robbers only stopped their bike after the officers fired warning shots.

Dan Tri said two days before, a 21-year-old man was also arrested in the city's downtown for attempting to rob a Korean of an iPhone when the latter was taking photos of her friend with it.

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The man, Nguyen Chi Hung, was caught by locals and handed over to police.

The newswire quoted statistics by HCMC's police division as saying that this year it has busted 56 robberies in which victims were foreigners, an increase of 21 cases from last year.

Most of the cases occurred in the city's downtown areas, and robbers mainly targeted tourists who were walking, especially when they were crossing a road, police said.

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