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South Korea troops in shootout with soldier who killed five comrades

Published on Jun 22, 2014 2:52 PM
South Korean soldiers patrol during a search and arrest operation in Goseong on Sunday, June 22, 2014. South Korean troops were engaged in a fierce gun battle on Sunday with a runaway soldier who had shot and killed five members of his unit, reports said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean troops traded fire near an elementary school on Sunday with a cornered conscript soldier who had fled after shooting dead five members of his unit on the border with North Korea.

The 23-year-old army sergeant, surnamed Lim, had opened fire on fellow soldiers at a guard post on the eastern section of the heavily guarded frontier Saturday night.

The shooting spree left five dead and seven wounded - and triggered a massive manhunt after Lee fled the scene armed with a K-2 assault rifle and a stash of ammunition.

A defence ministry spokesman said Lim, who had an apparent record of instability, had been tracked and cornered just before 2:30 pm (1:30 pm, Singapore time) on Sunday to a location 10 kilometers from the border.

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