Fugitive South Korea Soldier Who Killed Five Colleagues Captured

Image: Operation to capture Army deserter in Goseong, South Korea
epa04273947 South Korean army soldiers take part in an operation to capture an armed deserter in an east coast hillside near the inter-Korean border in Goseong, Gangwon Province, South Korea, 23 June 2014. The deserter went hiding after killing five fellow soldiers in a shooting spree at a border guard post. EPA/YONHAPNEWS SOUTH KOREA OUTYONHAPNEWS / EPA

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SEOUL, South Korea - A soldier who ran away after allegedly killing five colleagues has been captured following an unsuccessful suicide attempt, South Korea's Defense Ministry said early Monday.

A Defense Ministry official said the 22-year-old sergeant surnamed Yim shot himself on the side of his abdomen but failed to kill himself. The official said Yim was been taken to a hospital. The official, who requested anonymity citing department rules, gave no further details.

There has been massive manhunt for Yim since authorities said he killed five and wounded seven Saturday night before fleeing his frontline army unit with his standard issue K2 assault rifle. He also fired Sunday on the troops chasing him, injuring a platoon leader. On Monday, officials said a South Korean soldier was wounded by suspected friendly fire.

- The Associated Press