- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A North Korean soldier is reportedly in critical condition after being shot by his comrades when he made for South Korean territory across in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

The defector was shot at 40 times, suffering at least five gunshot wounds before collapsing on the South Korean side of the border in the village of Panmunjom on Monday, the BBC reported

“Until this morning, we heard he had no consciousness and was unable to breathe on his own — but his life can be saved,” a South Korean military official briefed legislators, reported the BBC.

The British news service said it is rare for defectors to make their way into South Korea via the DMZ, especially into Panmunjom, the only portion of the 160-mile border region “where both forces stand face to face.”

The incident also appears to be a troubling first in the 64-year history of the Korean armistice, with North Korean troops continuing their gunfire even after the defector had crossed the border into the south, a violation of the 1953 cease-fire.

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