South Korea troops in shootout with soldier who killed five comrades
Published on Jun 22, 2014 2:52 PM
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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