A police officer was killed by two men who have a criminal record while he was on duty in Ninh Kieu District, located in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, on Friday afternoon.
Police in Can Tho City announced the demise of Nguyen Thanh Hai, a 36-year-old police captain working in An Hoi Ward, Ninh Kieu District on the evening of the same day.
Captain Hai was wearing his police uniform and patrolling at local Lunar New Year festivities to ensure public order and safety at around 3:40 pm on Friday, when Dang Ngoc Minh and Dang Ngoc Giau, both of whom are residing in Thoi Binh Ward, used a knife to chase him.
Hai was stabbed multiple times by the two men before he was rushed to Can Tho City General Hospital.
The police captain was pronounced dead at 4:45 pm on the same day.
Can Tho City police officers arrested the two shortly after the incident.
According to police, Minh, 33, and Giau, 29, are brothers and both have a criminal record.
Minh had been sentenced to nine years in prison for desecrating the national flag, a punishable crime according to the Criminal Code of Vietnam, while Giau had taken a three-year jail term for intentionally causing injury to people.
The case is under investigation by Can Tho City police.