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North Korean in bomb attack dies

May 21, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A North Korean commando has died after nearly 25 years' imprisonment in Myanmar for a bombing attack against visiting South Korean officials, a prison official said.

Kang Min Chol, 53, died in Yangon's Insein prison Sunday, said the official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to talk with the media. Kang was treated for a serious liver ailment in March.

He was the only survivor among three North Korean commandos involved in a bombing during an October 1983 visit by South Korea's then-president, Chun Doo-hwan. Chun was unhurt, but the attack killed 21 other people, including four of his Cabinet ministers.

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