South Korea border shooting

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South Korean army soldiers aim their machine guns during an arrest operation in Goseong, South Korea, Monday, June 23, 2014. The parents of a runaway South Korean soldier suspected of killing five comrades at an outpost near the tense border with North Korea pleaded with him to surrender Monday as the military were besieging him and trying to capture him alive, officials said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Hwang Kwang-mo) KOREA OUT

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The South Korean army captured a soldier Monday who it says killed five comrades and then fled into the forest where he holed up with a rifle for two days before shooting himself as pursuers closed in.

The massive manhunt ended when the 22-year-old sergeant, surnamed Yim, shot himself in the upper left chest as his father and brother approached, pleading with him to surrender, a Defense Ministry official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of department rules, said Yim was taken to a hospital but his life wasn't in danger. He didn't elaborate. (AP)

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