Police have identified and are searching for suspects in the murder of four people, including three children, in northern Vietnam on Tuesday, a source told Thanh Nien.
The public security ministry has sent a special task force to help local police in Lao Cai Province to investigate what it now said to be a "robbery murder of extremely serious nature."
The four victims are Tan Thi May, 22, her daughter Tan Mai Phuong, 2, her newborn Tan Thuy Van, and her niece Tan Thuy Chi, 6.
May's husband Tan Ong Nai told the police when he and his parents returned from their fields at 9.30 pm Tuesday, his house was locked.
When Nai managed to enter the house, he could not find his wife and daughters. However, he detected a loaded musket in the kitchen, which had been rigged to fire when the kitchen door was opened.
He reported to the local police who launched a search through the night. They first found Phuong's body under big rocks in a stream near the house.
At 6.30 Wednesday they found the bodies of May and two children Phuong and Chi in three different locations near the house. Big rocks weighing 20-50 kg each were placed on their bodies, the police said.
A pet dog was slashed to death.
According to Nai, more than VND10 million in cash was missing.
The investigation is going on.