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South Korean military criticised over decoy ambulance patient

Published on Jun 24, 2014 9:32 PM

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea's military faced more criticism on Tuesday, a day after the capture of a wounded soldier who killed five members of his own unit, over its decision to use a decoy soldier to divert attention when moving him to hospital for treatment.

The conscript was captured on Monday after he shot himself in the chest ending a prolonged standoff with troops. He is accused of killing five soldiers and wounding seven at a base where he threw a grenade and opened fire late on Saturday.

TV footage showed a military ambulance arriving at the emergency room of the hospital in Gangneung, the eastern city near the scene of the attack, and a person on a stretcher believed at the time to be the suspect.

The person was later revealed to be a decoy, wrapped in a blanket from head to toe, while the injured conscript was being brought in through a basement loading dock.

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