South Korean soldier fires close to border by mistake: report

SEOUL: A South Korean soldier mistakenly fired a machine gun close to the border with North Korea, prompting the army to tell Pyongyang that the capturing was unintentional, a report stated Sunday.

4 reside rounds had been fired throughout a coaching alongside the border in Gangwon province on Saturday night, Yonhap information company reported, citing South Korean army officers.

All the bullets landed on the South’s aspect and no injury was reported.
The army unit instantly knowledgeable North Korea that the firings weren’t intentional and stepped up readiness posture, the officers stated.

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“No specific indicators have been detected from the North’s aspect, and an investigation is beneath method over the precise circumstances of the incident,” an unnamed army official informed Yonhap.

The 2 Koreas technically stay at warfare after combating was halted by an armistice in 1953, and are separated by the four-kilometre-wide demilitarised zone (DMZ) that runs for 250 kilometres (160 miles) throughout the Korean peninsula.

Regardless of its identify, the DMZ is without doubt one of the most fortified locations on earth, replete with minefields and barbed-wire fences.

The final time the 2 sides exchanged hearth on the border was in Could 2020, when no less than 4 bullets from North Korea hit South Korea’s guard put up on the central a part of the DMZ, prompting Seoul’s troops to fireside again.

North Korean troopers additionally shot at a defector in 2017 however the South didn’t hearth again.