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Singapore PM conveys condolences after plane crash in Laos

Published on May 18, 2014 12:33 AM

SINGAPORE Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has conveyed his condolences to his Laotian counterpart after a military plane crashed on Saturday morning and killed the Lao defence minister.

"I was shocked to learn of the tragic plane crash in Xieng Khouang province this morning," the Singapore leader wrote in his letter to Mr Thongsing Thammavong.

"It is unfortunate that a trip to celebrate a Lao People’s Army anniversary ended up taking the lives of so many Lao leaders and officials," he added, offering his condolences to the families of the victims.

Thai authorities told the AFP that the crash of the plane in north-east Laos killed five senior officials on board, including Lao defence minister Douangchay Phichit.

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