Armed N.Korean Soldiers Flee to China

AFP reports that on November 20, eight North Korean border guards defected by fleeing across the Chinese border, and that two were killed in the process:

Six armed North Korean border guards tasked with preventing defections have themselves fled across the frontier into China, sparking a security alert on the Chinese side of the border, a report said.

Daily NK, a Seoul-based online newspaper run by North Korean defectors, said in a report posted late Wednesday that the border patrol agents crossed the Yalu river marking the northwestern border around November 20.

Seoul’s intelligence agency is investigating whether the report is correct, its spokesman said.

“Eight crossed the river at night but two of them were shot dead by other (North Korean) border agents and only six managed to run away,” Daily NK quoted a source in the Chinese border city of Dandong as saying.

See also a report from South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo.

December 15, 2011, 2:03 PM
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