China issues security alert in Laos after national shot dead
By Deng Junfang

2017-06-19 14:10 GMT+8

The Chinese embassy in Laos on Sunday issued a safety warning after a Chinese citizen was shot dead in Lao's central Xaysomboun Province.

According to the embassy, a Chinese national was shot dead by unidentified persons on Friday some 130 kilometers northeast of Lao capital Vientiane.

The Lao side is investigating the incident, the embassy said.

The Chinese embassy has asked the Lao side to punish the assailants and take effective measures to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens and institutions in Laos.

Screenshot of the safety warning on the official website of Chinese Embassy in Laos. 

In the warning, the embassy said Chinese citizens and institutions in Laos should strengthen precautions. In case of emergency, Chinese citizens should immediately report to Lao police, and contact the Chinese embassy and consulate in Laos.

On March 1, 2016, a Chinese company in the northern Luang Prabang Province was attacked by an unidentified armed group, leaving one Chinese citizen dead and three others injured.

On January 24, 2016, an attack by an unidentified group in Xaysomboun province killed two Chinese people and injured another one.

The safety warning by the Chinese embassy is effective for six months until December 18, 2017.

(Source: Xinhua)