Laos' Unlucky 13

The government called it the work of "bad people." "Ruthless killers" would have been more to the point. How else to describe the heavily armed gunmen who staged a roadside ambush in northern Laos last week, killing at least 12 people, including two European tourists and a Chinese national? One diplomat who visited the scene told TIME the attackers clearly wanted a "maximum casualty count."

They appear to have succeeded, producing the most deadly assault in Laos involving foreign victims since 1997, when five people, including a French tour operator, were gunned down...

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