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S Korean crosses DMZ in rare defection to North

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 2nd January, 2022 03:34:01 PM
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A South Korean citizen has crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea in an apparent defection, South Korea's military says.

The person was able to evade detection for several hours despite a search operation by South Korean troops, BBC reported.

Military chiefs in Seoul said they did not know if the person was still alive, but had sent a message to the North asking for them to be protected.

North Korea has implemented a shoot-on-sight policy during the pandemic.

The person was detected in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), which separates the two Koreas, at a point on the east coast at about 21:20 local time (12:20 GMT) on Saturday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

Defence officials in Seoul had pledged to overhaul the border defence system after similar breaches in the past.