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South Korea says North Korea killed its citizen, strongly condemns action

The 47-year-old man who worked for South Korea's fisheries ministry went missing Monday from his boat near Yeonpyeong Island

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The man may have been trying to defect, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing a South Korean military official

Jeong-Ho Lee | Bloomberg
A South Korean government employee who went missing near a heavily patrolled nautical border was fatally shot by North Korean military personnel, the first such killing of a civilian in about a decade.

The 47-year-old man who worked for South Korea’s fisheries ministry went missing Monday from his boat near Yeonpyeong Island, some 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of the nautical border known as Northern Limit Line. He was shot and his body cremated, South Korean Defense Ministry said Thursday.

The ministry in a statement said it “strongly condemns” North Korea’s “brutal action,” demanding an explanation for what happened and punishment of

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First Published: Sep 25 2020 | 1:28 AM IST

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