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Hanoi - A man has been decapitated in an apparent fight over money with three other man in northern Vietnam, state media reported on Tuesday.

Nguyen Minh Toan, 26, was killed after getting into a fight at a restaurant in Vinh Phuc province, 50 kilometres from Hanoi, at around 9pm (1400 GMT) on Monday, the Vietnamnet news site reported.

After attempting to flee, Toan was chased down and decapitated nearby. A bloody knife was found near the scene.

Toan had been fighting with his attackers over a debt owed to them, witnesses said.

All three attackers remained at large.