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S.Korean woman killed by US military truck
www.chinaview.cn 2005-06-10 23:03:42

    SEOUL, June 10 (Xinhuanet) -- A South Korean woman was killed Friday after being struck by a US military truck in Dongducheon, some 40 kilometers north to Seoul, reported South Korean Yonhap News Agency.

    The woman, whose surname is Kim, was pulling her cart on a street in Dongducheon when a 2.5-ton US military vehicle hit her. The driver of truck is a US soldier whose first name is Brian, said the report.

    The 51-year-old yogurt delivery worker was dead on the spot.

    It was not immediately confirmed whether the US private was off duty at the time of the accident.

    Under a 2001 revision of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) governing 32,500 US troops here, South Korea holds the primary jurisdiction over US soldiers accused of crimes committed while off duty.

    Hours after the incident, Lt. Gen. Charles C. Campbell, chief of the 8th US Army of the United States Forces Korea (USFK), apologized and expressed condolences to the victim's family and friends, said the report.

    In June 2002, two South Korean schoolgirls were rolled and killed by a US armored vehicle. The incident sparked massive anti-American protests all over South Korea, as a US court-martial later acquitted the soldiers on the grounds that they were on a mission at the time of the accident. Enditem

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