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

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA >> Four North Korean sol­diers fired about 40 rounds at a com­rade flee­ing into South Korea and hit him five times in the first shoot­ing at the jointly con­trolled area of the heav­ily for­ti­fied bor­der in more than 30 years, the South’s mil­i­tary said Tues­day.

South Korean sol­diers did not fire their weapons, but Mon­day’s in­ci­dent oc­curred at a time of high an­i­mos­ity over North Korea’s nu­clear pro­gram. The North has ex­pressed in­tense anger over past high-pro­file de­fec­tions.

The sol­dier is be­ing treated at a South Korean hos­pi­tal af­ter a five-hour op­er­a­tion for the gun­shot wounds he suf­fered dur­ing his es­cape across the Joint Se­cu­rity Area.

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