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Vietnam police investigate riot at Samsung factory

Published on Jan 10, 2014 3:20 PM

HANOI (AFP) - Vietnamese police said on Friday they had launched an investigation into a riot at a multi-billion dollar Samsung factory that left 13 people injured, four critically.

Violence broke out between security guards and local construction workers early Thursday in northern Thai Nguyen province where the South Korean electronics giant is building a US$3.2 billion (S$4.1 billion) high-tech complex.

"We have opened an investigation into the regrettable disorder in which 11 factory guards and two policemen were injured," said Mr Nguyen Nhu Tuan, director of the provincial police.

"This is a serious matter because some workers even attacked and injured local policemen who were brought in," he said, adding that it took about four hours to restore order.

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