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1.1 2 June 2006Kowon District, South Hamykong Province, North Korea
Over 1,000 people are reported to have died in a train accident in North Korea last month, according to details released Friday (Jun 2) by a South Korean aid organization. A spokeswoman for the Buddhist aid group, Good Friends said that the train involved in April’s accident was carrying soldiers and travelling along a route in the Kowon district of South Hamykong province. The train apparently lost control after a brake failure and collided with an oncoming train. The Good Friends group, which mainly helps North Korean refugees in China, said it had heard about the accident from unidentified North Korean informants. The North Korean government ordered a media blackout after the crash, as it is common in such incidents, the group reported. A spokeswoman for the Good Friends group said that there were often train accidents in North Korea due to poor rail conditions and overcrowding.