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Two frontline soldiers commit suicide in South Korea

Published on Jul 29, 2014 11:36 AM
A file photo taken in 2006 shows a South Korean soldier near the barbed wire of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea, in Paju. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's military confirmed on Tuesday the apparent suicides of two army privates, raising fresh questions over the deployment of young conscripts in frontline units after a deadly shooting spree last month.

The two privates, identified by their surnames Shin and Park, were both found hanged in their barracks on Sunday in separate locations near the heavily militarised border with North Korea, an army spokesman said.

Both men, who were in their early 20s, had been placed on a list of soldiers requiring special monitoring due to concerns over their mental stability.

The army spokesman said an investigation was under way in both cases.

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