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Two dead in shooting at South Korea military camp

A South Korean army reservist killed one person and wounded three others, before turning the gun on himself during an apparent shooting spree Wednesday at a military training camp, the defence ministry said.

world Updated: May 13, 2015 09:43 IST

A South Korean army reservist killed one person and wounded three others, before turning the gun on himself during an apparent shooting spree Wednesday at a military training camp, the defence ministry said.

The unidentified reservist opened fire with his rifle during shooting practice at the camp in southern Seoul, a ministry spokesman said.

"The man killed himself on the spot following the shooting spree that killed one of his fellow reservists and wounded three others," the spokesman told AFP.

"The exact reason is still not clear, but our initial investigation found the incident appeared to be related to a personal matter," he added.

Every able-bodied South Korean male between the ages of 18 and 35 is required to serve two years in the military.

Upon completion, they must serve in the reserve forces for eight more years, with a maximum of 160 hours of duty per year.

While there have been a number of similar shooting incidents involving conscripts doing their full-time service, such episodes are relatively rare among part-time reservists.