World N. Korean soldier shot while defecting to S. Korea: Seoul

11:56  13 november  2017
11:56  13 november  2017 Source:   AFP

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Seoul (afp) -. A North Korean soldier was shot and injured by his own side Monday while defecting to South Korea at the truce village of Panmunjom, the South ' s military said. The defector was taken to hospital after being shot by another North Korean soldier , the South ' s military said.

A North Korean soldier was shot and injured by his own side Monday while defecting to South Korea at the border truce village of Panmunjom "Our military has taken in a North Korean soldier after he crossed from a North Korea post towards our Freedom House," Seoul ' s Joint Chiefs of Staff

A South Korean soldier (R) watches North Korean soldiers walking towards the military demarcation line separating North and South Korea at the truce village of Panmunjom © Provided by AFP A South Korean soldier (R) watches North Korean soldiers walking towards the military demarcation line separating North and South Korea at the truce village of Panmunjom

A North Korean soldier was shot and injured by his own side Monday 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 Demilitarised 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.

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Seoul (AFP) - 11/13/2017 - 08:42. N . Korean soldier shot while defecting to S . Korea : Yonhap. "Our military has taken in a North Korean soldier after he crossed from a North Korea post towards our Freedom House," Seoul ' s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement, referring to a building on

A North Korean soldier was shot and injured by his own side Monday while defecting to South Korea at the truce village of Panmunjom, the South ’ s military said. The defector was taken to hospital after being shot by another North Korean soldier , the South ’ s military said.

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.

Over the decades since the peninsula was divided, dozens of North Korean soldiers have fled to the South through the DMZ, which extends for two kilometers either side of the actual borderline.

Relations between the two sides have been tense for months, as the North stepped up its missile tests. In September the North carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test, of what it described as a hydrogen bomb.

North Korea accused of violating armistice by pursuing defecting soldier .
North Korea stands accused of violating the armistice agreement between North and South Korea, after North Korean soldiers fired across the military demarcation line (MDL) that divides the two countries in pursuit of a defector last week.The United Nations Command in South Korea played dramatic security footage of the soldier's brazen defection across the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ) at a news conference on Wednesday. It showed the soldier running across the border as North Korean soldiers shot at him and South Korean troops later crawling to rescue him.

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