Vietnamese military officer probed for fatal hunting accident

By Phuoc Hiep, Thanh Nien News

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Military authorities in southern Vietnam said Wednesday they have taken legal actions against a military officer for allegedly shooting a man to death in a hunting accident three months ago.
Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Nguyen Van Hoa, 44, head of the military command of Binh Long Town in Binh Phuoc Province, allegedly killed Nguyen Van Thuan, a driver for the town's government.
According to army investigators, Hoa and Thuan were part of a delegation visiting soldiers at two border stations in Binh Phuoc on September 20. 
After leaving the stations, at about 4.30 p.m., Hoa and Thuan each carried a gun and walked into a forest in Bu Gia Map National Park to hunt wildlife at around 4:30 p.m. 
Hoa ran after a bird, leaving Thuan behind.
Then, sources say, Hoa tripped and fell off the ground. The gun on his hands went off accidentally.
Investigators say the bullet struck Thuan’s carotid artery and he died on the spot. 
Hoa was suspended after the accident. 
On December 1, the Military Zone 7 allowed the Binh Phuoc Province Military Command to stand bail for Hoa.

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