HANOI - At least four people were killed during a raucous night of partying in the streets of Vietnam after the national soccer team won its first international title, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. Three men died in traffic accidents Ho Chi Minh City and another was hit and killed by drag racers in the neighbouring province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau after Vietnam beat Thailand on aggregate to win the Southeast Asian championship on Sunday, Thanh Nien Daily reported. In Hanoi, hundreds of thousands of people jammed the city to celebrate the win, waving flags, singing songs, banging pots and pans, and zipping up and down streets on motorbikes. Other cities up and down the soccer-loving country saw similar scenes of jubilation. Hospitals in Vietnam's commercial hub, Ho Chi Minh City, had received 183 emergency cases of people injured in the partying up to Monday morning. Hospitals in Hanoi treated 63 cases of people injured in traffic accidents, including three skull fractures, the newspaper said.
30 December 2008
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