The ROK military searched Sunday for an armed South Korean soldier who fled after killing five of his fellow soldiers and wounding seven more at an outpost near the North Korean border.
The soldier, who has been identified only by his surname, Yim, used his standard issue K2 assault rifle to open fire Saturday night at an outpost in Gangwon province, east of Seoul.
Yim, who was scheduled to be discharged from the military in September, shot his comrades near a general outpost at around 8:15 p.m. He then fled with a grenade, a gun and as much as 60 rounds of ammunition, according to a defense ministry spokesperson.
Defense official Kim Min-seok told reporters Sunday at a televised briefing that all the wounded are expected to survive, though two were injured seriously. He added that search operations for Yim were underway.
There has as yet been no indication that North Korea was involved in the fatal shootings.
Yim, who was serving his mandatory enlistment, had trouble adapting to life in the ranks said an official.
‘Lim was on the list of those who require special attention, as he had difficulties in adapting to the military life.’
The official went on to add that the motive for the shootings remains unknown.