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It was the classical story of being in the right place at the wrong time. For the two European cyclists who were travelling the highway just 6 km from the popular resort village of Vang Vieng it turned into a tragedy. They died in an ambush, last week, that killed 10 bus travellers and seriously injured 16 other passengers on a section of road used by thousands of tourists every year. It rekindles fears that the popular road to Luang Prabang is again unsafe for travellers. Touring cyclists are probably the most innocuous of all road users. They carry few belongings worth stealing. Local residents often feel sorry for them, assuming they must be paupers or quite potty to opt for such a lowly transport mode. But it didn’t stop bandits opening fire, killing the cyclists, passengers on a local bus and the driver of a farm tractor. Full Story

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