Last updated: 08:24 PM ET, Sun March 13 2016

State Department Issues Travel Alert After Shootings in Laos

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | March 13, 2016

State Department Issues Travel Alert After Shootings in Laos

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The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel alert concerning a road that connects two major tourist destinations in Laos, Los Angeles Times reported. 

Road 13 connects UNESCO World Heritage site Luang Prabang with Vang Vieng, a popular place for tubing, kayaking and rock climbing, the Times said.

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The March 7 alert said five people were injured on March 1 on Road 13 when shots were fired, the Times reported. Another attack Jan. 14 took place on a tourist bus on the same road.

Due to the attacks, U.S. Embassy personnel are not permitted to travel on parts of the road, the Times said.

READ MORE: Rivers Hold The Key To Tourism Growth In Laos

The State Department’s alert did not say there was a motive for the attacks, but Radio Free Asia said many people were upset by construction that was taking place on a dam, according to the Times.



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