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File photo: Sout Korean soldiers face the Northern Korea border, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on 14th May 2014 Photo: Ed Jones/ Getty

File photo: Sout Korean soldiers face the Northern Korea border, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on 14th May 2014 Photo: Ed Jones/ Getty

File photo: Sout Korean soldiers face the Northern Korea border, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on 14th May 2014 Photo: Ed Jones/ Getty

A South Korean soldier on Saturday shot and killed five members of his own unit at a guard post on the border with North Korea, an army spokesman said.

The conscript soldier, who also injured five others during the shooting, is believed to be on the run carrying a firearm and live ammunitions.

The exact circumstances of the incident at the remote guard post were not immediately clear and the official could not provide further details, although there was no indication that North Korea was involved in the incident.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said there was an operation to capture the conscript late on Saturday.

The incident took place in the Goseong county, a mountainous region that borders the North on the eastern end of the peninsula.

“He shot dead five fellow soldiers, wounded five others and then fled the scene with his rifle and ammunition,” the spokesman said.

All able-bodied South Korean men must serve about two years under a conscription system that makes up a military of more than 600,000 troops aimed at deterring aggression by North Korea, which is one of the world’s most militarised states.

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