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Driver wanted after chopping off mentally-ill man’s hand in southern Vietnam

Driver wanted after chopping off mentally-ill man’s hand in southern Vietnam

Monday, August 30, 2021, 15:01 GMT+7
Driver wanted after chopping off mentally-ill man’s hand in southern Vietnam
A passenger bus is left at the scene of a conflict among three men that resulted in one of them losing his right hand in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam, August 29, 2021. Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre

Police in Thu Dau Mot City under Binh Duong Province, located in Vietnam’s southern region, are hunting for a bus driver who used a machete to cut off the hand of a man with mental illness after a conflict on Sunday.

Tran Hoang Huynh, a 27-year-old man hailing from southernmost Ca Mau Province, is wanted for intentionally causing injury to V.D.K., a 49-year-old internal migrant in Binh Duong Province hailing from northern Thai Binh Province.

Huynh and Dang Quoc Hung, a 44-year-old resident of Ho Chi Minh City, each drove a 50-seater bus carrying coronavirus patients from Thuan An Elementary School in Thuan An City to Binh Duong Medical College in Thu Dau Mot City on Sunday, according to an initial investigation.

K. and Hung got into a conflict while the patients were getting off the latter’s bus.

As K. threw stones at Hung’s bus, Huynh took a machete kept in his vehicle to slash K., severing the victim’s right hand.

Hung then drove one of the two buses to carry Huynh away from the scene.

Later on the same day, Hung returned to the scene to drive the remaining bus away but was arrested.

Initial investigation results determined that the victim, Hung, and Huynh were strangers and had no conflicts with each other before the incident. 

K. had shown symptoms of psychiatric disorder, living alone and often wandering in front of the COVID-19 centralized quarantine facility set up inside Binh Duong Medical College.

Local police called on Tran Hoang Huynh to turn himself in and demanded that people report Huynh’s whereabouts to help with handling the case.

This supplied photo shows a portrait of Tran Hoang Huynh.

This supplied photo shows a portrait of Tran Hoang Huynh.

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