PUBLISHED: 10:53, Fri, Oct 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:53, Fri, Oct 30, 2020
The soldier, believed to be in his early 20s, shot his unit commander with an automatic rifle while he was on patrol with the Storm Corps along the border in Jongsong, North Hamgyong Province, on October 22. He then reportedly fled and "left his rifle in the sentry box". Local reports say he had "built up resentment" after harsh treatment from his commander.
The commander was said to have treated the soldier "like a servant".
He would beat him and force him to wash the commander's underwear and socks, reports claim.
A source said he “did these things even in view of other soldiers".
Other members of the unit claimed the soldier was “angered by what had happened on the day of the incident”.
North Korea locked down its border after a soldier fled (not pictured) (Image: GETTY)
Now North Korean authorities are struggling to find the soldier after he fled.
A source told Daily NK: "Given the circumstances at the time, they didn’t believe he had escaped across the border, so they thought they could capture him in 24 hours by intensifying the alert status of soldiers nearby.
"But they couldn’t find a single clue to his whereabouts."
North Korean authorities quickly sent out an alert along the entire border of North Hamgyong Province.
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North Korean authorities are struggling to find the soldier (Image: GETTY)