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Defense ministry launches special probe into Army soldier death

South Korea's Defense Minister Song Young-moo on Thursday ordered a special investigation into the recent death of an Army soldier hit by presumably a stray bullet near a local firing range.

The 22-year-old man with the rank of private first class was hit by a bullet in his head while walking back to his base in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province, at around 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Army.
An Army firing range in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province. (Yonhap)
An Army firing range in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province. (Yonhap)

He was taken to a hospital but died at 5:22 p.m., it added.

After its preliminary probe, the Army said his death appears attributable to a stray bullet from the shooting range about 400 meters away.

Amid lingering suspicions over his death, however, the minister instructed his ministry's investigation team to look into the case.

"Accordingly, the Ministry of National Defense started investigating the incident as of 9 a.m. Sept. 28," the ministry said. (Yonhap)
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