Five soldiers were killed and five others wounded after a South Korean soldier went on a shooting spree at a general outpost in the country’s border town with North Korea on Saturday, military officers said.

According to the military, an unidentified South Korean sergeant serving his duty with an Army unit in this eastern town of Goseong, Gangwon Province, went on a shooting rampage at about 8:15 p.m., which led to the casualties.

The suspect was on the loose with a gun and ammunition, prompting the military to launch an operation to catch him, the military said.

The unit is near the border town with North Korea, but the incident has nothing to do with the communist country, according to Army officers.

Those who suffered wounds were taken to a nearby hospital, though their conditions were not immediately known.

The motive for the shootings is unknown, according to the officers. The Ministry of National Defense also has yet to elaborate on what happened at the border post.

In 2005, a South Korean Army private set off a hand grenade and went on a shooting rampage near the border with North Korea, killing eight sleeping colleagues and wounding two others. (Yonhap)

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