An army soldier of the ROK, second from left, is seen as medical members treat an unidentified injured person, believed to be a DPRK soldier, at a hospital in Suwon, ROK, Nov 13, 2017. (HONG KI-WON / YOUNAP VIA AP)
SEOUL — Seoul says four soldiers from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired 40 rounds at a comrade fleeing south and hit him five times in the first shootout at the jointly controlled area of the heavily fortified border since 1984.
Military of the Republic of Korea (ROK) said Tuesday the soldier first drove a jeep before he left the vehicle and crossed the Joint Security Area inside the Demilitarized Zone during his defection on Monday.
It says he was found beneath a pile of leaves and that ROK troops crawled there to recover him. A UN Command helicopter later transported him to a hospital in the ROK. He suffered internal injuries but his condition is not considered life-threatening.
The area is jointly controlled by the American-led UN Command and by the DPRK, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.