N. Kore­ans fired 40 shots at de­fec­tor, hit him with 5

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

Seoul says four North Korean sol­diers fired 40 rounds at a com­rade flee­ing south and hit him five times in the first shootout at the jointly con­trolled area of the heav­ily for­ti­fied bor­der since 1984.

South Korea’s mil­i­tary said Tues­day the sol­dier first drove a jeep be­fore he left the ve­hi­cle and crossed the Joint Se­cu­rity Area in­side the Demil­i­ta­rized Zone dur­ing his de­fec­tion on Mon­day.

It says he was found be­neath a pile of leaves and that South Korean troops crawled there to re­cover him. A U.N. Com­mand he­li­copter later trans­ported him to a South Korean hos­pi­tal. He suf­fered in­ter­nal in­juries but his con­di­tion is not con­sid­ered life-threat­en­ing.

The area is jointly con­trolled by the Amer­i­can-led U.N. Com­mand and by North Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

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