A conscript soldier in South Korea killed five comrades and then injured 5 others during late Saturday. The incident took place at a guard post that was heavily armed and close to the North Korea border.
According to a South Korean official, exact circumstances of this incident are not known and nothing was immediately clear at the time the incident took place. It was added that North Korea plays absolutely no part in this incident.
The killings happened in Goseong county. According to Yonhap, an operation was started in order to capture the South Korean conscript that is on the run at the moment. It is believed that he carries firearms and live ammunitions so he is labeled as armed and dangerous.
In South Korea all men that have an able-body need to serve 2 years under the conscription system. This creates a presence of around 600,000 troops at all time.
The reason why the conscription system is in place is the aggression shown by North Korea, one of the countries that are heavily militarised from around the world.