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Envoy: 3 unidentified plane victims are Vietnamese

July 18, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Vietnam’s U.N. ambassador says that three unidentified victims on the downed Malaysian airlines were Vietnamese.

Ambassador Le Hoai Trung told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the shooting down of the jet on Friday that he just learned the three victims were from his country.

Minutes earlier, Malaysia’s U.N. Ambassador Hussein Haniff told the council that 298 people perished and gave the following breakdown of their nationalities: Netherlands (189), Malaysia (44), Australia (27), Indonesia (12), United Kingdom (9), Germany (4), Belgium (4), Philippines (3), Canada (1), New Zealand (1) and 4 passengers whose nationalities had not been verified.

President Barack Obama said Friday one American was on board.

Ambassadors from all countries with victims addressed the council, demanding an independent investigation.

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