Seoul: N. Kore­ans fire at soldier try­ing to de­fect to South

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean sol­diers shot at and wounded a fel­low soldier who was cross­ing a jointly con­trolled area at the heav­ily guarded bor­der to de­fect to South Korea on Mon­day, the South’s mil­i­tary said.

North Korean sol­diers have oc­ca­sion­ally de­fected to South Korea across the bor­der. But it’s rare for a North Korean soldier to de­fect via the Joint Se­cu­rity Area, where bor­der guards of the ri­val Koreas stand fac­ing each other just me­ters (feet) away, and be shot by fel­low North Korean soldier.

The soldier bolted from a guard post at the north­ern side of Pan­munjom vil­lage in the Joint Se­cu­rity Area to the south­ern side of the vil­lage, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a state­ment. He was shot in the shoul­der and el­bow and­was taken to a South Korean hos­pi­tal, the South’s De­fense Min­istry said. It wasn’t im­me­di­ately known how se­ri­ous the soldier’s in­juries were or why he de­cided to de­fect.

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