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ROK border guards kill man heading for DPRK

Updated: 2013-09-18 07:50
By Agence France-Presse in Seoul ( China Daily)

Republic of Korea troops fired "hundreds" of rounds at a man trying to swim to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and killed him, a top army officer said Tuesday.

In the first official news conference since the incident on Monday, Brigadier General Cho Jong-sul defended the border guards' actions, saying they had followed the correct protocol.

Nam Yong-ho, a 47-year-old ROK man, was fatally shot at about 2:30 pm while trying to swim across the Imjin River, which delineates part of the western border with the DPRK.

ROK border guards kill man heading for DPRK