Briefs Two South Koreans die in on-base shooting
Two South Korean soldiers were found shot dead at a military base in Gangwon Province on Friday, according to Yonhap News Agency.
“The Army corporals, both in their 20s, were on guard duty at an ammunition depot when a fellow soldier heard shots about 11:50 a.m.,” Yonhap quoted a South Korean Army official. “The Army is investigating the incident.”
The soldiers were carrying K-1 rifles with dozens of live bullets at the time of the incident, the Army official told Yonhap.
One soldier, whose surname was Lee, was shot on the neck, and the other one, identified only by his family name Han, was shot in the belly, according to the Army.
“All the shots appear to have been fired from Lee’s rifle,” the official told Yonhap.
Last summer, another South Korean soldier threw a grenade and then fired at soldiers while they slept. A total of eight soldiers died, five from the grenade blast and three from the gunfire.
At the time, a Defense Ministry spokesman said the soldier, Pvt. Kim Dong-min, suffered verbal violence and molesting from a senior officer.
Destroyers to make Guam port callThree U.S.-based missile destroyers are to visit Guam this weekend, according to U.S. Naval Forces Marinas.
The USS John Paul Jones, the USS Higgins and the USS Chafee were slated to arrive Saturday for the routine port visit.
The ships’ crews are scheduled to participate in community projects with local groups, according to Navy officials.
The Jones and Higgins are based out of San Diego; the Chafee is based out of Pearl Harbor.
All three are members of the Carrier Strike Group 11 and deployed from their home ports in early April.
While deployed, the ships will operate in the 7th Fleet and 5th Fleet’s areas of responsibility.