Woman attacked with acid in downtown Ho Chi Minh City

By Cong Nguyen, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, 38, is being treated at Ho Chi Minh City's Cho Ray Hospital after being attacked with acid. Photo: Cong Nguyen Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, 38, is being treated at Ho Chi Minh City's Cho Ray Hospital after being attacked with acid. Photo: Cong Nguyen

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The Ho Chi Minh City police are hunting for two people who allegedly threw acid at a 38-year-old woman on a downtown street Tuesday, possibly at the behest of her ex-husband.
The attack occurred at around 7 p.m. when Nguyen Thi Thu Ha was riding a motorbike on Vo Van Kiet Street in District 1 with her six-year-old daughter and housekeeper riding pillion.
“When I was about to reach Nguyen Van Cu Bridge, two men on a motorbike approached and threw a liquid on me,” she said.
Ha was immediately rushed to the nearby Hospital for Tropical Diseases before being transferred to Cho Ray Hospital.
Doctors said Ha suffered burns in her face and neck and her left eye has been damaged.
Her daughter and the housekeeper escaped unharmed.
“At first, I thought they wanted to kidnap my daughter,” Ha said.
“It happened very fast and I did not see the men clearly or their bike number.”
Ha, who owns a tailoring facility at her home in Binh Tan District, divorced her husband several months ago.
But he repeatedly asked to patch up, and threatened to attack her with acid and kill her when she refused, she said.

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