North Korean de­fec­tor shot

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SEOUL (AFP) – A North Korean sol­dier was shot and in­jured by his own side yes­ter­day while de­fect­ing to South Korea at the truce vil­lage of Pan­munjom, the South's mil­i­tary said.

The sol­dier crossed to the South side of the Joint Se­cu­rity Area at Pan­munjom, the only por­tion of the bor­der Demil­i­ta­rized Zone where forces from the two sides come face-to-face, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a state­ment.

''Our mil­i­tary has taken in a North Korean sol­dier af­ter he crossed from a North Korea post to­wards our Free­dom House,'' the state­ment said, re­fer­ring to a build­ing on the South side of the vil­lage which is bi­sected by the bor­der.

The de­fec­tor was taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing shot by an­other North Korean sol­dier, the South's mil­i­tary said. De­tails of his con­di­tion were not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Mil­i­tary de­fec­tions across the heav­ily for­ti­fied DMZ di­vid­ing the two Koreas are not un­com­mon, but they are rare at Pan­munjom – a major tourist at­trac­tion.

Two North Korean sol­diers de­fected to the South in June af­ter cross­ing the fron­tier at an­other lo­ca­tion.

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