16 men arrested after mistakenly attacking officers

By Nguyet Trieu   March 23, 2019 | 11:17 pm PT
Police in Binh Duong arrested 16 people Saturday after a gang attacked officers with deadly weapons mistaking them for rival gang members.
Some suspects at the police station. Photo by Nguyet Trieu.

Some suspects at the police station. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyet Trieu.

The attack occurred at dawn the previous day when a Di An town police team was patrolling the Binh Nguyen residential area, in Binh An Commune, in plain clothes and suddenly dozens of young men arrived on motorbikes and attacked them with steel pipes and knives.

The officers identified themselves but the attack did not stop. They were forced to fire and took in 10 of the men. But 50 more showed up and threw rocks at the officers to try and get their accomplices away.

The police mobilized 100 more officers and managed to arrest six more, but the rest managed to flee.

The gangsters told the police they were on their way to attack their rivals for revenge when they saw the officers and mistook them for their target.

No details are known about the gang and any possible injuries of the two sides. The police are continuing their investigation.

The weapons appropriated on the scene. Photo by Nguyet Trieu.

The weapons seized from the attackers. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyet Trieu.

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