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Seoul: North Koreans fired 40 shots at defector, hit him with 5

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Four North Korean soldiers fired 40 rounds at a comrade fleeing into South Korea and hit him five times in the first shooting at the jointly controlled area of the heavily fortified border since 1984, the South’s military said Tuesday. South Korean soldiers did not fire their weapons, but Monday’s incident occurred at a time of high animosity over North Korea’s nuclear program and Pyongyang has expressed intense anger over past high-profile defections. The soldier is being treated at a South Korean hospital after a five-hour operation for the gunshot wounds he…