N. Korean soldier used vehicle to defect to S. Korea: JCS

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Published on 14 Nov 2017, 12:02
합참 "귀순 북한군에 北군인 4명이 40여발 총격…후속조치 검토

Yesterday, a North Korean soldier took a most unusual and dangerous route to cross over to the South.
Straight through the heavily fortified DMZ.
We're learning now he used a vehicle to get near to the truce village of Panmunjeom, before proceeding on foot.
Though he made it across, he is in critical condition after being shot at by his comrades during the escape.
Kim Hyun-bin has the updates on the situation.
The North Korean soldier who defected to the South Monday via the truce village of Panmunjeom drove a jeep to get near to the area.
According to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday, the soldier got out of the vehicle and continued fleeing south across the military demarcation line.

"The defector approached the enemy guard post using a car until the tires got stuck in the drainage pipes. He exited the car and fled across the Military Demarcation Line. We maintained surveillance and traced his movements via the security system."

The official added that the soldier took cover near a building on the southern side of the JSA.
However in the process he was shot several times by other North Koreans.

" Four North Koreans chased after the defector, firing around 40 rounds."

The defector is thought to be in his twenties or thirties, and wore a uniform of low rank.
He is currently at Ajou University Hospital in Suwon, south of the capital, where he underwent five hours of surgery.
The doctor in charge there said the patient suffered from five to six gunshot wounds, which damaged several of his organs.
He's in critical condition, and it's unclear whether he will live.
The patient is currently in intensive care, however, but the doctor added that he'll need more surgery.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.

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