5 killed in shoot-out between S. Korean troops, infiltrators
November 5, 1996
Web posted at: 1:30 p.m. EST (1830 GMT)
SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- South Korean troops shot and
killed two suspected North Korean infiltrators Tuesday, but
lost three men in the fierce gun battle.
The slain North Koreans were believed to be among the last
three infiltrators still at large after their submarine was
stranded off the east coast of South Korea on September 17.
Of the 26 men believed to have been aboard the sub, one has
been captured and 24 others have been found dead or killed by
South Korean troops.
Two South Korean officers and a soldier were killed when the
North Koreans opened fire with M-16 automatic rifles and
hurled grenades at pursuing South Korean troops about 6 miles
from the border with the communist north, Seoul officials
said. About a dozen other South Korean soldiers were wounded.
The North Koreans were wearing South Korean army fatigues and
carrying the standard South Korean army M-16 rifles. South
Korean troops are continuing an intensive search of the area
for the remaining suspect.
Seoul's special forces had been combing the rugged east
coast mountains just south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
since Monday when the two North Koreans fled after being
stopped by southern soldiers, he said.
The DMZ was set up between the two Koreas under the 1953
armistice agreement which ended the three-year Korean War.
The two Koreas are still technically at war.
The submarine incursion has inflamed tensions between the two
South Korea claims the submarine, which ran aground off the
eastern city of Kangnung on September 17, was sent to
infiltrate spies, while North Korea says it drifted south
after developing engine trouble during a routine training
Seoul has demanded a "clear apology" from Pyongyang over
the submarine incursion. North Korea, for its part, has
threatened to retaliate "a hundred-fold or a thousand-fold"
over the killings and requested the return of the bodies, the
survivors and the submarine.
Seoul Bureau Chief Sohn Jie-Ae and Reuters contributed to this report.
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