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Originally published Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

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5 Vietnamese wood gatherers killed near Laos

Police say a gang beat and killed five Vietnamese villagers who were collecting valuable scented wood near the border with Laos.

The Associated Press

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HANOI, Vietnam —

Police say a gang beat and killed five Vietnamese villagers who were collecting valuable scented wood near the border with Laos.

Officer Nguyen Trong Tai said Thursday that the gang had been demanding a ransom of $700 for each man before they were killed.

The men were seized on Saturday in a remote corner of Quang Binh province. Their bodies were recovered on Tuesday.

The men were gathering agar wood, which is used to make incense, soap and luxury perfumes.

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