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South Korea Says North Korea Killed its Citizen, Burned Body

  • First South Korean civilian killed by North in a decade
  • Incident took place near nautical border between two Koreas
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A South Korean government employee who went missing near a heavily patrolled nautical border was fatally shot by North Korean military personnel, marring the latest bid for peace from President Moon Jae-in.

In what appears to be the first killing of a South Korean civilian by its neighbor’s military in about a decade, North Korean personnel shot the 47-year-old man who worked for South Korea’s fisheries ministry and burned his body, the South Korean Defense Ministry said Thursday.