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South Korea's military closes in on fugitive conscript

Published on Jun 23, 2014 10:21 AM
South Korean soldiers on a military vehicle take their position during a search and arrest operation in Goseong June 22, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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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