Thursday, July 21, 2005

South Korea's Army On High Alert

South Korea's army is on high alert along the east coast after two soldiers were robbed of their rifles while on patrol.The alert was issued when three men attacked the soldiers with a knife and fled with the rifles, 30 rounds of ammunition and a portable radio, about 60 kilometres from the North Korean border.The Defence Ministry says the military, backed by police, is maintaining tight security checks at major roads in and out of the eastern coastal city of Donghae, 280 kilometres east of Seoul.The army is reported to be on the highest alert known as 'Jindogae Hana' since the incident occurred. The attackers, allegedly approached the soldiers for directions before tying them up and forcing them into the trunk of a car.They were reportedly dumped at a Navy base.