The situation has returned to normal at Bac Phong Sinh border gate in the northern province of Quang Ninh following the April 18 shooting.

Seven people were killed in the assault, including five illegal Chinese immigrants and two Vietnamese border guards.

Four other Vietnamese border guards and a local policeman suffering wounds are being treated at Hai Ha general hospital.

At 4pm the same day, 11 Chinese immigrants and five dead bodies were handed over to the Chinese side.
The local authorities affirmed that this is not a terror case but a spontaneous act by the Chinese group.
The Ministry of National Defence, the Border Guard High Command and the provincial People’s Committee sent financial support to the families of Vietnamese dead and wounded.

The Chinese immigrants, including 10 men, four women and two children, were detained early on the day when they were trying to illegally penetrate deep into Vietnam through Bac Phong Sinh border gate, Hai Ha district. Later, they were taken back to the border gate.

At noon, when procedures were being completed for handing them over to Chinese authorities in line with regulations and international common practice, some of the Chinese men snatched a gun from an officer and started to fire, killing a Vietnamese border guard on the spot. This forced the Vietnamese border guards to take legitimate self-defence measures.

Turning a deaf ear to the persuasion efforts by Vietnamese and Chinese authorities who called on them to lay down the gun and surrender, the group holed up and tried to destroy the office of the Vietnamese border guards, prompting law enforcement authorities to take professional measures to approach and arrest them.

However, they resisted the border guards and, at the same time, wounded themselves. Some jumped off the building and committed suicide.-VNA