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South Korean Soldier Kills Five Comrades Near Border With North Korea

 / Updated  / Source: Reuters
A South Korean soldier guards with his gun at a guard post at sunrise on Baengnyeong Island, South Korea, near the West Sea border with North Korea on April 2.Hong Hae-in / AP, file

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SEOUL — A South Korean conscript soldier shot and killed five of his fellow unit members and injured five others late on Saturday at a guard post near the heavily armed border with North Korea, a South Korean official said.

The exact circumstances of the incident at the remote guard post were not immediately clear and the official could not provide further details, although there was no indication that North Korea was involved in the incident.

The incident took place in the Goseong county, a mountainous region that borders the North on the eastern end of the peninsula.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said there was an operation to capture the conscript who is believed to be on the run carrying a firearm and live ammunition.

All able-bodied South Korean men must serve about two years under a conscription system that makes up a military of more than 600,000 troops aimed at deterring aggression by North Korea, which is one of the world's most militarized states.

— Reuters

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