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South Korea withholds suicide note of army shooter

Published on Jun 26, 2014 3:59 PM
 
In a file photo taken on December 21, 2011 South Korean soldiers patrol at the Demilitarized Zone in Paju. The South Korean military refused on Thursday to release the suicide note of a soldier who killed five comrades, as speculation mounted that his shooting spree was triggered by bullying on his barracks. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - The South Korean military refused on Thursday to release the suicide note of a soldier who killed five comrades, as speculation mounted that his shooting spree was triggered by bullying on his barracks.

The 22-year-old sergeant, surnamed Lim, was captured alive on Monday after a 24-hour standoff with thousands of troops ended when he shot himself in the chest.

Two days before he had opened fire on members of his own unit at a guard post near the tense border with North Korea, killing five and wounding seven.

Before his unsuccessful suicide attempt, the cornered Lim wrote a note which the defence ministry said it was withholding at the request of the families of the soldiers who were killed.

 
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