Three dead, four injured in South Korea shooting spree

Shooting spree in military post leaves three dead and four wounded in South Korea

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A South Korean reserve soldier commenced fire on his fellows on Wednesday, killing one reservist and wounding four before killing himself. One of the soldiers injured in the attack later died.

An official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the soldier opened fire with a rifle on fellow reservists during mandatory drills in Seoul, and investigation is ongoing.

Two years of military service is a mandatory in South Korea. Besides, men must take annual military trainings including practice firing for several years.

Concerns are rising about conditions in military posts as shootings have become frequent in recent years but a shooting spree involving a reservist was
unprecedented until today’s incident.

Last year, a South Korean soldier threw a grenade and opened fire on colleagues, killing five and wounding seven others.

Past incidents in South Korea's military have been linked to bullying and mental health problems as several suicides by young conscripts were reported. In April, a private died after he was beaten by his superiors.

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