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Taiwan businessman is hurt in Vietnam while being robbed: MOFA

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Taiwanese national suffered serious injuries after being assaulted by robbers in Vietnam last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.

After undergoing emergency medical treatment, the condition of the Taiwanese businessman has been stabilized, MOFA spokeswoman Anna Kao (高安) told The China Post yesterday.

Taiwan's representative office in Hanoi is keeping close tabs on the incident and has continued to urge Vietnamese authorities to apprehend the suspects as soon as possible, Kao said.

The ministry also called on the Vietnamese government to protect the safety of Taiwanese nationals living and working in the Southeast Asian country, she added.

MOFA, however, would not disclose the identity of the victim or a more detailed account of the incident, citing reasons of confidentiality.

According to the Central News Agency report, the incident happened at Ky Anh district of Ha Tinh Province in the North Central Coast region of Vietnam on Thursday, March, 6.

The Taiwanese businessman, a 51-year-old accountant working at a factory of Taipei-based Formosa Plastics Group (台塑集團) in the district, was assaulted by two robbers on scooters with knifes when he was walking in the vicinity of the factory.

He suffered serious stab wounds and was immediately sent to a nearby hospital following the attack, the report said.

It was not the first time that such incident has occurred in Ky Anh.

In late 2013 there was a scuffle between local people and foreigners in Ky Anh, resulting in the death of a Taiwanese worker.

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