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Thousands Bid Farewell To Vietnamese War Hero

General Vo Nguyen Giap in Hanoi in 2008

General Vo Nguyen Giap in Hanoi in 2008

Thousands of people in Vietnam have turned out to bid farewell to legendary war hero General Vo Nguyen Giap.

Reports say thousands lined the 40-kilometer route from the capital to the airport early on October 13 to pay final respect to Giap, who died October 4 at age 102.

He was revered in Vietnam for leading the nation to victory over the French and then the Americans.

On October 12, several tens of thousands of people lined up to say farewell when his body was laid in state at the national funeral house.

Giap was later buried in his home province of Quang Binh in central Vietnam.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP