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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 7, 2003


Laos: Attack in Vientiane Province

The United States condemns the February 6 attack in Laos near Vang Vieng in Vientiane province. The attack reportedly left 12 dead and 26 wounded on a heavily trafficked road north of the capital Vientiane.

We are outraged at the suffering of innocent civilians in this brutal attack, whose intent appears to have been to kill and rob as many victims as possible. We support the rule of law in Laos and the efforts of the Lao Government to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

Released on February 7, 2003

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