South Korea Kills Man Trying to Sneak Into North

...by floating across a river

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 16, 2013 8:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – Last week came the news that a South Korean who had been kidnapped by the North 41 years ago had managed to escape in a rare feat. Today brings an even rarer story, albeit with a worse ending: A man who was attempting to sneak into North Korea by floating across the Imjin River near the border was shot and killed by the South Korean military, reports Reuters. Even more surprising was the attempt's timing: in broad daylight, at 2:23pm local time today, Yonhap reports.

It's not yet known what the man's nationality was, and the body has not yet been recovered. Yonhap explains that after the man was spotted by soldiers and ordered to return, he jumped into the river and clung to a buoy, and was then shot.

A North Korean soldier uses a pair of binoculars to watch the South Korean side.
A North Korean soldier uses a pair of binoculars to watch the South Korean side.   (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Jong-hoon)
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