Vietnamese student beaten, robbed in Australia

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A Vietnamese student was brutally beaten and robbed by a group of armed men on the way home from work in Melbourne, Australia, last month, Vietnam News Agency reported Thursday.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Australia said Duong Minh Tuan, 21, from Ho Chi Minh City was attacked at around 11:30 p.m. on June 27.

The men beat him up before robbing him, the embassy said.

Tuan was admitted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with head and facial injuries including a broken jaw bone.

Three men involved in the assault were arrested by Australian police for investigation, the embassy said without elaborating.

Tuan has been attending the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne for a year and a half. His old brother is also studying in Melbourne.

His family in Vietnam has been informed of the assault.

It is the second time a Vietnamese student has been assaulted in Australia. In December 2010, Vu Ngoc Minh, then 19, was attacked by a group of more than 10 Asian Australians on a street in Melbourne in what is believed to be a racist attack.

Minh, studying at Melbourne Institute of Business & Technology under Deakin University, fell into a coma after the attack. He  recovered fully in April 2011.

The case sparked outrage among the Vietnamese community in Australia and the Australian government was asked to take more measures to protect foreign students from racist attacks.

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