Another North Korean defector made a mad dash towards freedom at the de-militarized zone between North and South Korea Thursday, prompting soldiers in the South to fire multiple warning shots across the heavily fortified border, reports the Wall Street Journal.
According to South Korean officials, a “junior ranking defector” bolted from his post, running across the northwestern section of the DMZ at approximately 8am.
North Korean guards were desperately searching for the defector hours later, violating decades of international law and illegally crossing into the South.
In response, South Korean soldiers fired roughly 20 warning shots at the communist guards, forcing them back into the hermit kingdom.
Last month, another North Korean defector made a last-ditch effort to reach the South, stealing a military vehicle and racing towards freedom. The unidentified soldier eventually made it across the DMZ, after being shot at least six times by his former comrades.
While defections from the brutal regime are not uncommon, the easiest and safest route is normally through China. According to experts, there have been less than a handful of people who managed to successfully cross the DMZ in the last decade.