North Korean Soldier Shoots Comrades, Defects to South
A North Korean soldier on guard duty at the border dividing the two Koreas defected, telling authorities who received him in the South that he killed his superiors before fleeing across the Military Demarcation Line.
South Korean soldiers at their guard posts reported hearing gunfire before he crossed into the South shortly after noon local time, according to a news release from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Soldiers in the South took the defector in on their side of the border and brought him to a safe place for questioning then tightened security in the area.
The North Korean said that “while he was on guard duty, he killed his platoon and squad leaders and defected thereafter,” the JCS said.