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South Korea to Build Bombing Memorial in Rangoon

2 January 2014

The South Korean government is planning to erect a monument to the victims of a bombing carried out by North Korean agents in Burma more than 30 years ago, reports the Chosen Ilbo newspaper. According to the Seoul-based daily, the monument, commemorating the murder of 21 people, including three senior South Korean politicians and three Burmese journalists, will be erected at the Aung San National Cemetery sometime within the next three months. On Oct. 9, 1983, a bomb targeting South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan exploded at the Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Rangoon, killing 17 South Koreans and four Burmese. Chun, whose arrival was delayed by traffic, survived the attack.