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No political motive found in Yen Bai shootings

Released at: 17:45, 27/12/2016

No political motive found in Yen Bai shootings

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Shootings last August the result of killer's dissatisfaction with merger of forestry and agriculture bureaus, investigation finds.

by Duy Anh

Police have released the results of their investigations into the shooting of two senior leaders of northern Yen Bai province last August.

As VET reported at the time, Party Chief Mr. Pham Duy Cuong and Mr. Ngo Ngoc Tuan, Chairman of the Yen Bai People’s Council, were shot dead by Mr. Do Cuong Minh, Chief of the province’s Forest Protection Bureau on August 18, shortly before a People’s Council meeting.

Investigating authorities concluded that the shooting was the result of Mr. Minh’s “personal dissatisfaction and frustration over the allocation of human resources when merging the province’s Forest Protection Bureau and the province’s Agricultural Bureau.”

Jealousy and economic conflicts were ruled out, while there were no “political conflicts against the Communist Party and the State.”

The conclusions came after months of investigations that found that Mr. Minh acted alone. As he also killed himself, the case is now closed.

The weapon was a K59 pistol, issued by the province’s Forest Protection Bureau. The victims were due to attend a regular council meeting, to which Mr. Minh was not invited. All three were rushed to hospital in critical condition but succumbed to their injuries.

Mr. Cuong, 58, was re-elected as Party Chief last October while Mr. Tuan, 52, became Chairman in June. Mr. Minh, 53, had been Chief of the Forest Protection Bureau since 2014.

Yen Bai, a mountainous province of nearly 800,000, is home to several ethnic minorities and is heavily covered by forests. It is 160 km northwest of Hanoi.

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