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Fresh suicides fuel military service concerns in South Korea

Published on Aug 12, 2014 5:51 PM
 
South Korean soldiers patrol along a military fence near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju, on April 26, 2013. South Korea's military said on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014, that three conscripts were found dead in apparent suicides, the latest in a series of incidents fuelling concern over young soldiers serving in isolated frontline units. -- PHOTO: AFP 

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's military said Tuesday that three conscripts were found dead in apparent suicides, the latest in a series of incidents fuelling concern over young soldiers serving in isolated frontline units.

A 21-year-old private first class was found shot in his face at the shooting range of an engineer unit some 20km south-east of Seoul, an army spokesman told AFP.

The soldier, who had been on watch due to mental instability, was believed to have killed himself with his rifle, he said.

Two unnamed corporals, who were both in their early 20s, were found hanged at one of their homes while on leave, the defence ministry had said earlier.

 
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