North Korean deserter detained in China after killing 4

Suspected army deserter captured in manhunt after allegedly killing 4 Chinese citizens in border town

North Korean deserter detained in China after killing 4

World Bulletin/News Desk

A suspected North Korean army deserter has been detained by Chinese authorities after allegedly killing four people in what appears to be a robbery in China’s Helong border city.

The gun-wielding North Korean killed four Chinese citizens and injured another in Nanping town, north of the Tumen River that overlooks North Korea's North Hamkyong province, an unnamed source told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency Monday.

The apparent robbery took place Dec. 28, and the suspect has been under investigation since Chinese police and military personnel captured him in a manhunt.

The incident has not been announced by Chinese authorities or reported by state-run media.

China said on Monday it had lodged a protest with Pyongyang after media reports said a North Korean army deserter killed four Chinese nationals during a robbery in the Chinese border city of Helong late last month.

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular briefing in Beijing that China "would handle the matter in accordance with the law".

In North Korea, all able-bodied young men must fulfill 10 years of military service, during which food shortages at army camps have forced some to cross into China.

Around 30 percent of the population of China’s Yanbian autonomous prefecture, Jilin province, consists of Koreans.

In December 2013, a young North Korean defector in his 20s killed an elderly couple in China’s Yanji border city and stole 20,000 yuan ($3,210). He was later caught after fleeing to Beijing.

 

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