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N.Korean soldier defects to S.Korea across border

First Published Oct 05 2012 11:56 pm • Last Updated Oct 05 2012 11:56 pm

Busan, South Korea • An official says a North Korean soldier has killed two of his officers and defected to South Korea across their heavily armed border.

A South Korean Defense Ministry official says the defection took place around noon Saturday across the western section of the Demilitarized Zone.

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The official declined to be identified because interrogation was still under way.

Defections across the land border are rare. The last known defection across the border by a North Korean soldier occurred in 2008.

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