15 Dec '11, 3am

Armed N. Korean soldiers flee to China, says report

Armed N. Korean soldiers flee to China, says report

SEOUL: 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. "Two teams of agents on night duty conspired together to escape," it said. Armed Chinese soldiers and the North's intelligence officials have been sent to...

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