Dubai: A police officer was moderately injured on Saturday evening during police raids on flats that were operating as brothels in International City.

Dubai Police managed to arrest members of Asian gangs, mainly Vietnamese, who were involved in running brothels in the development. They were also involved in inciting violent incidents among their competitors including, murdering an Indian man and seriously injuring another at the China cluster on Friday. Both men were among the competitors involved in the same illegal operations.

Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Chief of Dubai Police, said it is expected at times for undercover detectives to get injured during such raids. "This is their effort and commitment to establish security and safety in the country," he said.

The incident on Friday involved more than 20 gang members who managed to break into a brothel at the China cluster demanding money profited from running the business.

The confrontation resulted in the murder of an Indian man, who was struck on the head with a sword, while another was severely injured, said a police source. It is not yet confirmed whether the second person survived his injures.

Around 52 flats, suspected of being run as brothels, were raided the source said.

According to Brigadier Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, many of the gang members were arrested in the past two days with the latest taking place yesterday morning.