Deputy Minister of Public Security Sen.Lieut.Gen Bui Van Nam on July 9 spoke highly of the municipal Police’s resounding success in ensuring social order and security while asking the force to continue their efforts to fulfill the entrusted missions in the coming time.
With their excellent performance, four units under the city’s Police were awarded VND15 million (US$660) each. They money was drawn from the crime prevention and combat fund.
Earlier, the Ho Chi Minh City police had launched criminal proceedings against and put into temporary detention four suspects with charges of conducting terrorist activities aimed at overthrowing the people’s administration, and three others of illegal trading of explosives.
According to Major General Phan Anh Minh, Deputy Chief of the city’s Police, a big explosion occurred on June 20 at a police station in Tan Binh district, injuring three people and damaging some property.
After over 10 days investigating, the municipal Police, in coordination with their counterpart from the neighbouring province of Dong Nai, arrested seven suspects.
They seized nearly 10kg of TNT explosives, as well as other materials used to make explosives, together with eight explosives to be used for similar attacks.
After his arrest, Nguyen Tuan Thanh – born in 1990 – confessed that his father Nguyen Khanh – born in 1964 and residing in Trang Bom district, Dong Nai province – told him to make explosives with remote activation detonators. Both admitted to having close relationships with Ngo Hung, the self-proclaimed commander-in-chief of the Viet Nguyen dynasty, currently residing in the US.
Hung appointed Khanh as Governor of the Dong Nai autonomous region and Thanh as Major General. Afterwards, Hung transferred VND120 million (US$5,214) to Khanh and assigned him to organise the production of explosives which would be detonated at police stations.
Following Hung’s order, Khanh assigned his nephew, Duong Ba Giang – born in 1971 and residing in Dong Nai province – to make the explosives. Thanh was responsible for supporting Giang.
After receiving two bombs created by Giang, Khanh handed them to Vu Hoang Nam – born in 1996 residing in Tan Binh district, Ho Chi Minh City – and asked him to detonate them at police stations without clear addresses.
On June 20, Nam threw two bombs into the police station at Ward 12 in Tan Binh district, injuring himself in the process.
Khanh gave another bomb to Nguyen Xuan Phuong – born in 1988, residing in Bien Hoa district, Dong Nai province – and asked him to create a blast at Tam Hiep police station in Bien Hoa district. However, Phuong left the bomb in a deserted location, falsely reporting back to Khanh that he had successfully planted it but that it may have failed to blast.
Khanh told the police that he bought explosives from a group of people in Dak Mil district, Dak Nong province. On the basis of this, the police arrested three more suspects. However, they said they did not know Khanh would use the explosives for terrorist purposes.
According to the investigation authorities, the reactionary Viet Nguyen dynasty group has enlisted several people to disturb public order in Ho Chi Minh City, filming and posting the incidents on social networks, with many further events planned.
The police are expanding the investigation to arrest more suspects.