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North Korean defector shot as he runs to South

Footage has been released of a North Korean defector coming under fire as he makes a break to cross the heavily fortified border into the South.

The soldier was shot at least four times by his own comrades, who used handguns and AK rifles to fire about 40 rounds at him.

The North Korean soldier jumps from his jeep and makes a run for the border
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The North Korean soldier jumps from his jeep and makes a run for the border

CCTV released by United Nation Command shows the man racing a military jeep into the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, where soldiers from the South and North watch each other just metres apart.

After crashing the vehicle and sprinting towards the border, the injured soldier is seen collapsed in a pile of leaves.

Just meters from the South, he was pulled to safety by South Korean troops, who crawled to reach him.

He was later taken to hospital by a US helicopter.

The military jeep can be seen speeding along the road
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The military jeep can be seen speeding along the road

Pyongyang has been accused of violating the 1953 armistice agreement between the North and South by firing across the line dividing the two countries.

Soldiers on the South side did not return fire.

UN Command spokesman Colonel Chad Carroll said one of the North Korean border guards also physically crossed the border “for a few seconds” in pursuit of the defecting soldier.

The wounded soldier lies next to a wall on the N Korean border
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The wounded soldier lies next to a wall on the border

A meeting with North Korea has now been requested by the UNC to discuss “measures to prevent future such violations”.

The man, who is believed to be a staff sergeant aged in his mid-20s, has undergone multiple surgeries in a South Korean hospital and will undergo tests for PTSD.

The shooting is the first major violence in the area for more than three decades.

Guarded by mines, barbed wire fences, tank traps and combat troops on both sides, the Demilitarised Zone is the world’s most heavily fortified border.

In 1984, three North Korean soldiers and one South Korean soldier were killed when a Soviet citizen defected to the South and shots were fired across the border.

Two American army officers were also axed to death in Panmunjom by North Korean soldiers in 1976.

A series of recent missile tests by Kim Jong Un have led to strengthened sanctions against Pyongyang, and increased tensions between the US and the secretive state.

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