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Massive manhunt for South Korean soldier who killed five comrades

Published on Jun 22, 2014 11:16 AM
South Korean soldiers stand guard at a temporary checkpoint during a search for the South Korean conscript soldier who is on the run after a shooting incident, in Goseong on June 22, 2014.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's military on Sunday pursued a massive manhunt near the tense border with North Korea for a soldier who shot dead five comrades in a rare shooting incident.

The army sergeant, surnamed Lim, opened fire on other soldiers at a guard post on the eastern section of the heavily guarded inter-Korea border Saturday night.

The shooting spree left five dead and seven injured - all members of Lim's own unit at the 22nd infantry division in the western province of Gangwon.

He ran off with a K2 assault rifle and a stash of ammunition, a military spokesman said. Another official told AFP that Lim was due to be discharged in the next few months after completing his compulsory military service.

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