10 DPRK workers presumed killed in bus accident

13:57, July 07, 2010      

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Ten workers from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPKR) were presumed killed and 40 others injured in a bus accident last Friday near an industrial park managed by the two sides, officials in Seoul said Wednesday.

Two commuter buses collided near the factory park in the border town of Kaesong, where 120 South Korean firms employ some 42,000 DPRK workers producing mostly labor-intensive products.

"North Korean (DPRK) authorities have controlled the accident site in the immediate aftermath of the accident, and have taken necessary measures including evacuation of injured passengers," Seoul's unification ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-ju told reporters.

No South Koreans were aboard the buses, she said.

The park, launched in 2004 under warming ties between the two sides, has been one of the last remaining symbols of peace as tension intensified on the Korean peninsula after the sinking of a South Korean warship, currently blamed on Pyongyang.

Source: Xinhua


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