Soldier Arrested in Paju for Attempted Car Hijacking with Military Knife

Paju, South Korea-An army soldier was arrested on Friday for attempting to hijack cars using a military knife. The incident occurred in Paju, northwest of Seoul, and left one driver injured and several cars involved in minor collisions, according to police authorities.

According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, the incident took place at around 9 a.m. when a 112 emergency call reported that a soldier had abruptly exited an armored vehicle and brandished a knife at nearby drivers. The soldier was on his way back to his unit after completing an annual Hoguk defense exercise along with other military personnel in armored vehicles.

The soldier, in his 20s, left the armored vehicle while it was caught in traffic. He approached the cars that had pulled over and demanded the drivers hand over their car keys. The soldier was eventually subdued by military personnel on the scene and handed over to the police.

The incident not only left one driver injured but also led to minor collisions among cars trying to evade the situation. Police authorities said they handed the soldier over to the military police at 12:40 p.m. after questioning.

The Army has identified the arrested individual only as a corporal and confirmed that he was in the area for an exercise. A coordinated investigation with the police is currently underway, and the Army has pledged to take appropriate actions based on the outcome. "It is regrettable this incident occurred during an exercise," said the Army in a statement, adding, "We express deep sympathy to the victim and we will take an active interest in their treatment."

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