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Defecting North Korean soldier in critical condition, U.N. investigating

Defecting North Korean soldier in critical condition, U.N. investigating
From Reuters - November 13, 2017

SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean soldier shot while defecting to the South has undergone several surgical procedures and is in a critical condition, South Koreas government and military said on Tuesday, with doctors expecting to save him.

Until this morning, we heard he had no consciousness and was unable to breathe on his own but his life can be saved, said Suh Uk, a South Korean military official who was briefing lawmakers regarding Mondays event.

Five bullets had been extracted from the soldiers body so far, leaving an estimated two inside, Suh added.

Lee Cook-jong, the surgeon in charge of the soldiers treatment, told reporters earlier on Tuesday his condition was critical due to intestinal damage caused by the bullets.

The soldier had sped towards the border in a vehicle when a wheel came loose, forcing him to escape on foot under fire from North Korean soldiers who shot around 40 rounds at him, Suh said.

North Koreas military took action when the defector was spotted in the four wheel drive heading towards the border alone, Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for the Souths Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a media briefing on Tuesday.

The soldier took cover behind a South Korean structure within the Joint Security Area (JSA) inside the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas and was later rescued by South Korean and U.S. soldiers at the border, the United Nations Command (UNC) said in a separate statement.

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