Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A North Korean defector flees to freedom under a barrage of gunfire


Warning: Some viewers might find the above video disturbing.

It's the stuff of action movie climaxes, but IRL. 

A new video captured by the United Nations Command depicts a North Korean soldier defecting by crossing the "Joint Security Area" (JSA) of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The gunfire that the escape attempt drew is a violation of the truce between North and South Korea, the first such violation since a similar escape attempt in 1984.

In the video, the former soldier flees by military jeep. But when he gets stuck in a ditch right on the border, the soldier — whose last name is Oh, according to Stars and Stripes — sprints from the driver's seat and attempts to run. His former fellow soldiers rain bullets on him, and he gets shot multiple times. South Korean soldiers eventually crawl through the JSA and drag him to safety.  Read more...

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