Gang suspected to have exploded police’s house
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Colonel Nguyen Nhu Tuan, director of Thai Nguyen Province’s Police Department, suspected an underground gang was the culprit of the explosion that occurred in his house yesterday.
The official, who was appointed to the post a few months ago, said the blast might have been caused by some criminal group to revenge his strong measures to crack down on crimes, including drug use and trafficking, prostitution, robberies, and illegal motorbike racing.
Duong Ngoc Long, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, had the same suspicion. Long said the provincial police had boosted their efforts to eliminate crimes in the past several months.
Particularly, in late 2011 the police busted an inter-provincial gambling gang that had operated on a large scale in Thai Nguyen and Hai Phong city.
Tuan said the province had reported this serious case to the Government and ordered local security forces to strengthen their protection of the houses of high-ranking officials. He said the Ministry of Public Security had also launched an investigation into the case.
As reported, the blast at Tuan’s house occurred at 2 am on Saturday at 191 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, destroying part of the house and two other houses on its left and right. Luckily, no one was hurt.
Many glass windows, advertising panels, and plastic eaves of nearby houses were also damaged.
By yesterday evening, the provincial police and investigators from the ministry completed their examination of the scene and concluded that the blast had been caused by explosives, Colonel Ho Si Tien, head of the ministry’s Social Crime Investigation Police Department said.
Tien however didn’t reveal the particulars such as the type and weight of the explosives. The police are further investigating.