Two special forces soldiers have died of apparent suffocation during harsh training, military officials said Wednesday.
The incident took place late Tuesday when the special forces sergeants, identified only by their family names Lee and Cho, collapsed during a training exercise, in which they spent more than an hour on their knees with their hands tied behind their backs wearing hoods over their faces.
Their bodies were sent to a local hospital. Another soldier, who felt ill due to the training, returned to his base after being treated at the hospital, according to the military.
A hospital official said suffocation may be to blame for the deaths, though the exact cause has yet to be determined. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing policy.
The training, introduced by the South Korean military this year, is meant to help special forces soldiers experience the hardships they could suffer if they are held captive. (Yonhap)