DMZ Defector Had to Run After Jeep Lost Wheel

By Rob Quinn

November 14, 2017

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A North Korean soldier fired on by his former comrades during a desperate attempt to defect across the DMZ Monday was shot at least five times but is expected to survive, South Korean authorities say. Officials say the soldier drove a jeep toward the Joint Security Area—the only portion of the DMZ where South and North Korean troops stand face-to-face—but was forced to make a run for it when a wheel came loose, the BBC reports; the APdescribes one of the car's wheels as falling in a ditch. 

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He "continued fleeing south across the line as he was fired upon by other soldiers from North Korea," according to the US-led United Nations command. South Korean troops crawled to rescue the man after he took cover behind a building on their side.

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