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Police arrest man who entered kindergarten, holding 2 kids at knifepoint in southern Vietnam

Police arrest man who entered kindergarten, holding 2 kids at knifepoint in southern Vietnam

Friday, March 01, 2024, 15:56 GMT+7
Police arrest man who entered kindergarten, holding 2 kids at knifepoint in southern Vietnam
A man holds two children at knifepoint at a kindergarten in Tien Giang Province, southern Vietnam, March 1, 2024. Photo: Supplied

Police in Tien Giang Province, southern Vietnam on Friday detained a man who broke into a local kindergarten and held two kids at knifepoint the same day.

The man came to Tuoi Than Tien Kindergarten in My Tho City, Tien Giang Province at about 7:00 am.

He showed unusual signs indicating a mental health problem.

Within the kindergarten premises, he held one child in his arm while wielding a knife against another, steadfastly maintaining his position in a classroom.

The kindergarten staff, alarmed by the situation, quickly evacuated some children from the classroom and promptly reported the incident to local police.

Local police officers block the kindergarten.

Local police officers block the kindergarten.

After being informed of the case, dozens of police officers rushed to the kindergarten to rescue the children.

Colonel Nguyen Van Nhut, director of the Tien Giang police agency, and vice-chairman of the provincial administration Nguyen Thanh Dieu also reached the scene at over 8:00 am.

By 9:00 am the same day, police officers had arrested the man and saved the two kids.

The man was later identified as N.B.Q., a 37-year-old resident in Soc Trang Province, also in southern Vietnam, according to Le Thi Be Phuong, vice-chairwoman of the People’s Committee of My Tho City.

Q. was working in Ho Chi Minh City and has a child with a woman in My Tho.

Vice-chairman of the Tien Giang government Nguyen Thanh Dieu (in a white shirt) and Colonel Nguyen Van Nhut, director of the provincial Department of Public Security, encourage a child after the case. Photo: Hoai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Vice-chairman of the Tien Giang administration Nguyen Thanh Dieu (in a white shirt) and Colonel Nguyen Van Nhut, director of the provincial Department of Public Security, calm down a child after the case. Photo: Hoai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

He returned to My Tho and had an argument with the woman on Thursday night. Q. later took his child to a nearby boarding house.

On Friday morning, he caused a disturbance at the boarding house and later took his child to Tuoi Than Tien Kindergarten, even though the child is not enrolled at the preschool.

Q. used the knife to threaten two of the children there.

Phuong affirmed that the children were absolutely safe. While one of them sustained a minor injury to the neck, local medical personnel promptly administered the necessary care.

Some parents later rushed to the kindergarten to pick their children up.

Some parents rush to the kindergarten to pick their children up.

Some parents rush to the kindergarten to pick their children up.

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