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Two new suicides fuel military service concerns in South Korea

Published on Aug 12, 2014 12:00 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - The South Korean military said on Tuesday that two conscripts were found dead in an apparent suicide, the latest in a series of incidents fuelling concern over young soldiers serving in isolated frontline units.

The two unnamed corporals, who were both in their early 20s, were found hanged at one of their homes while on leave, a defence ministry spokesman said. Both men were in the 28th Infantry Division serving near the border with North Korea and had been placed on a list of soldiers requiring special monitoring due to concerns over their mental stability, he said.

One of them was deemed unfit to serve last year but continued at the request of his mother, the spokesman said. The soldier had attempted suicide last October, Yonhap news agency said.

Investigations are under way on whether the two corporals were targets of bullying.

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