N. Korean sol­dier fights for life after cross­ing into S. Korea

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A North Korean sol­dier was fight­ing for his life Tues­day in a South Korean hos­pi­tal as new de­tails emerged from his brazen dash for free­dom across the Demil­i­ta­rized Zone.

The blitz across one of the world’s most closely pa­trolled bor­ders — the first such mil­i­tary de­fec­tion in a decade — has riv­eted the re­gion with el­e­ments that read like a scene from a movie, in­clud­ing the sol­dier be­ing shot five times by his coun­try­men as he ran south on Mon­day.

The sol­dier drove a jeep to­ward a guard post in the Joint Se­cu­rity Area just after 3 p.m. on Mon­day, said Col. Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. But the wheels got stuck in a ditch.

Four North Korean sol­diers chased after him, fir­ing at least 40 rounds, of­fi­cials said Tues­day after re­view­ing se­cu­rity cam­era footage from the bor­der.

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