GUN CRIME

Two provincial officials shot dead by government colleague in rare act of gun crime in Vietnam

Killer identified as Do Cuong Minh, chief of the provincial forest protection bureau, who then killed himself by a shot to the head

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 August, 2016, 7:30pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 August, 2016, 7:30pm

State media say two top provincial officials in northern Vietnam have been shot dead by a fellow official in a rare shooting incident in the communist country.

The Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that the head of the Communist Party organisation in Yen Bai province and the chief of the provincial legislature were shot dead in their offices on Thursday by Do Cuong Minh, chief of the provincial forest protection bureau, who then killed himself by a shot to the head.

The newspaper said the incident took place before the opening of a meeting of the provincial legislature. The cause of the incident is under investigation. Such shootings are rare in Vietnam where guns are strictly controlled.