SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Officials say South Korean soldiers have shot and killed a man they believed was trying to cross into North Korea at the heavily armed border.
Defense Ministry officials say a man dressed in civilian clothes ignored guards’ warnings to return to the South on Monday. They say soldiers shot him after he jumped into a river at the border.
Officials couldn’t immediately identify the man. South Koreans have previously tried to defect to impoverished, authoritarian North Korea, but it is rare.
The Defense Ministry officials gave no further details. They spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules.