• Short Summary

    DISSIDENT OFFICERS LED BY THE FORMER LAOTIAN AIR FORCE COMMANDER, GENERAL THAO MA, LAST FRIDAY BOMBED AND HEAVILY DAMAGED THE NATIONAL MILITARY HEADQUARTERS NEAR VIENTIANE, CAPITAL OF THE TINY SOUTHEAST ASIAN KINGDOM WHICH BORDERS VIETNAM.

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    DISSIDENT OFFICERS LED BY THE FORMER LAOTIAN AIR FORCE COMMANDER, GENERAL THAO MA, LAST FRIDAY BOMBED AND HEAVILY DAMAGED THE NATIONAL MILITARY HEADQUARTERS NEAR VIENTIANE, CAPITAL OF THE TINY SOUTHEAST ASIAN KINGDOM WHICH BORDERS VIETNAM.

    ELEVEN AIRCRAFT, PROPELLER-DRIVEN T-28'S, TOOK PART IN THE BOMBING RAID. THE FINAL DEATH TOLL WAS 24, INCLUDING SOME CIVILIANS, AND 64 WERE WOUNDED.

    AIRCRAFT PILOTED BY LOYAL OFFICERS ENGAGED THE RAIDERS IN DOGFIGHTS OVER THE CITY.

    THE LAOTIAN CABINET FOUND YESTERDAY (MONDAY) THAT GENERAL THAO MA'S RAID ORIGINATED IN A PERSONAL FEUD AND WAS NOT POLITICALLY INSPIRED.

    AFTER THE BOMBING, THE GENERAL AND HIS FOLLOWERS FLEW TO NEIGHBOURING THAILAND WHERE THEY WERE GRANTED POLITICAL ASYLUM.

    BUT THE LAOTIAN CABINET SAYS THE GENERAL AND HIS FOLLOWERS ARE CRIMINALS AND WITHOUT LEGAL RIGHTS TO ASK FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM. IF RETURNED TO LAOS, THEY WILL FACE THE DEATH PENALTY OR LIFE IMPRISONMENT ON CHARGES OF MASS KILLING, ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION OF ARMED FORCES LEADERS, AND MISUSE OF NATIONAL DEFENCE EQUIPMENT.

    GENERAL MA, WHO WAS DISMISSED AS AIR FORCE COMMANDER TWO MONTHS AGO FOR INDISCIPLINE, IS IN THAILAND WITH 20 OFFICERS AND 11 T-28 AIRCRAFT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC4YKB9VT6PY0VRY7W5F8BOSQ7
    Media URN:
    VLVAC4YKB9VT6PY0VRY7W5F8BOSQ7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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