Metallurgical Corp. of China Ltd (MCC) said on Wednesday four of its employees working on a construction project in Vietnam were killed and 126 injured during anti-China protests last week over a disputed area in the South China Sea.

The four MCC workers killed were double the number of fatalities previously confirmed by the Vietnamese and Chinese governments.

Thousands of Vietnamese set fire to factories and stormed industrial zones in the south to protest against Chinese oil drilling in a part of the sea claimed by Hanoi.