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2 South Korean soldiers die during mock training exercise

Published on Sep 3, 2014 2:58 PM
 
South Korean soldiers take part in an anti-terror drill in Seoul on Aug 18, 2014. Two young soldiers in South Korea's special warfare unit died during training, the military said on Wednesday, Sept 3, 2014, following a series of incidents and suicides that have unleashed public fury over bullying in the army. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - Two young soldiers in South Korea's special warfare unit died during training, the military said on Wednesday, following a series of incidents and suicides that have unleashed public fury over bullying in the army.

The two staff sergeants in their early 20s, surnamed Lee and Cho, died after collapsing during training on Tuesday night, a Defence Ministry spokesman said. They appeared to have suffocated during a mock training exercise on how to survive when captured by enemies, said a spokesman of the Special Warfare Command (SWC). "They had breathing problems during the mock captivity training when their heads were wrapped in cloth, and died after being sent to hospital," the spokesman Lee Hong Joo said.

Another soldier is being treated after being injured during the training, he said without elaborating further.

During the drill, soldiers had to spend an hour kneeling down with their heads wrapped in cloth and hands bound behind the back, military officials said. "This is the first time that we adopted the programme, which has been used by special warfare units in the US, Britain and Australia," it quoted one official at the SWC.

 
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