Vietnamese student in Australia critically injured in hooligan attack

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A 19 year old Vietnamese student is in critical condition in Australia after being allegedly attacked by a group of more than ten Asian Australians, Tuoi Tre reported Friday (December 31).


Vu Ngoc Minh, studying at Melbourne Institute of Business & Technology under Deakin University, was attacked on a street in Melbourne City on Sunday, the paper quoted Le Thanh Tung, Minh's friend who accompanied him that day, as saying.


According to Tung, at around 5-6 p.m. they were shopping at the intersection of Bourke Street and Swanton Street when a group of Asian Australians teased and swore at them.


Then they began following the students who stopped at a nearby shop and asked its security guard to call the police, but the guard refused their request, Tung said.


Minh and Tung then separated to run away from them, but the group also split up to chase them, he said, adding that he managed to ward off the attackers thanks to his competence in martial arts.


Tung returned to rescue Minh, crying out for help but no one came foward.


After the group left, Tung found Minh lying on the ground in a pool of blood and he lost consciousness on the way to the hospital.


According to Tung, Minh was attacked by between five and six people with weapons.


Minh is currently receiving treatment at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he was diagnosed as having blood clots in brain, and injuries in his nose and mouth, Tuoi Tre reported.


His parents Thursday flew to Melbourne to take care of him, according to Vietnamese students' association at Deakin University.


The case is now handled by Melbourne's crime police who are  yet to identify the attackers, the newspaper quoted the association as saying.


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