North Korea loses one sol­dier

The Observer - - NEWS | NATION & WORLD -

NORTH Korean sol­diers have shot and wounded a sol­dier cross­ing the heav­ily guarded bor­der to de­fect to South Korea. In a rare in­stance of a North Korean de­fect­ing through the Joint Se­cu­rity Area at Pan­munjom vil­lage, where ri­val bor­der guards stand just me­tres apart, he bolted from a guard post on the north­ern side to­wards the south­ern side, South Korean mil­i­tary said. Shot in the el­bow and shoul­der, he was taken by he­li­copter to a South Korean hos­pi­tal (pic­tured). Gun­fire was not ex­changed. The sol­dier’s con­di­tion and rank was not yet known. A South Korean De­fence Min­istry of­fi­cial told Reuters: “Since it was an area ex­posed to the North, we had to crawl to­wards there to get him out.”

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