South Korea Kills Man Trying to Sneak Into North floating across a river
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2013 8:07 AM CDT
A North Korean soldier uses a pair of binoculars to watch the South Korean side.   (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Jong-hoon)

(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.

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Sep 16, 2013 11:32 AM CDT
I know how desperately -I- want to get into DPRK! They've got that new smartphone sensation up there! "Can you hear me now?"
Sep 16, 2013 11:17 AM CDT
South Korea is a prison in which escapees must be killed? That's no different than North Korea! And no government spy would try to sneak back during broad daylight. I guess it never occurred to the prison guards that drugs, a stroke, brain injury, or delusional disorder could have made their victim think he was in the North side of the Korean prison, and was escaping to the South side. Perhaps the South Korean prison administrators are just extremely ignorant, and hire equally stupid guards? Or is it because South Korea is governed by sociopathic savages who aren't much different than the North Korea dictator, in that they see nothing wrong with murdering people who are mentally impaired?
Sep 16, 2013 11:00 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD..... There are a lot of Koreans in the south .. who are prohibited from going back to the north, and home .. (home is where your family is, and it's not where the luxuries are) ..................................... REALLY