North Korea

North Korean Soldier Defects Across the 38th Parallel

Killed two officers before fleeing

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A North Korean soldier has defected to the South across the two countries' heavily armed border, South Korean officials have said.

The soldier said he shot dead two officers before crossing over just after noon (03:00 GMT) on Saturday.

Our correspondent says defections across the land border are rare. The last soldier fled in 2010.