Iraq: S. Korean soldier found shot dead at base

May 20, 2007 11:48


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A South Korean soldier was found shot dead at a military base in Iraq, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday, in South Korea's first reported casualty since it joined the US-led reconstruction effort in Iraq in 2004. The 27-year-old army first lieutenant, identified only by his family name Oh, was found "with a gunshot wound under his jaw" in a barber shop inside a South Korean base in the northern Iraq city of Irbil on Saturday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. Oh's rifle and one empty cartridge were found nearby, the statement said. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said it had confirmed there were no signs of an attack but it stopped short of saying whether the soldier might have killed himself.

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