A North Korean soldier defected to the South on Monday after being shot and wounded by the North Korean military, South Korea said.
The soldier was found on the south side of the border village of Panmunjom, about 50 metres south of the Military Demarcation Line, wounded in his shoulder and elbow, according to a SouthKorean defence ministry official.
He defected from a North Korean guard post nearby and was being treated in hospital.
"The defector was urgently transferred to hospital in a helicopter of the United Nations Command, and there was no exchange of fire with our side," the ministry official told Reuters.
"Since it was an area exposed to the North, we had to crawl toward there to get him out," the official added.