South Korea's military closes in on fugitive conscript
Published on Jun 23, 2014 10:21 AM
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean troops closed in Monday on a cornered fugitive conscript, pushing him to surrender after he killed five fellow soldiers in a shooting spree on the border with North Korea.
Thousands of soldiers backed by special forces units and army helicopters were surrounding the 23-year-old sergeant after a night-long standoff in a small forested area south of the heavily militarised frontier.
"We are closing in on him and he was close enough to be able to pick up a cell phone we threw," defence ministry spokesman Kim Min Seok told a briefing.
Mr Kim said the sergeant, identified by his family name Lim, had spoken to his father who had urged his son to give himself up.
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