Two United States soldiers and two South Korean soldiers were killed sunday evening (14 APRIL) when the truck they were riding in toward the security zone at Panmunjom in South Korea was ambushed.
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Background: Two United States soldiers and two South Korean soldiers were killed sunday evening (14 APRIL) when the truck they were riding in toward the security zone at Panmunjom in South Korea was ambushed.
The truck was ambushed about half a mile south of the Panmunjom armistice meeting site. The attackers escaped and there was no indication any of them were wounded in the exchange of fire.
Two other United States soldiers were wounded in the ambush which the United Nations Command later called "a flagrant violation" of the Korean armistice. The Command filed a protest note.
The ambush raised United States casualties to four killed and fourteen wounded since the North Korean raid on Seoul 21 January in an attempt to assassinate President Chung Hee Park.
The U.S. spokesman said a truck from the Second U.S. Infantry Division was making a routine trip from an advance camp to Panmunjom when it was attacked. Soldiers aboard a second U.S. vehicle heard about 200 rounds of automatic weapons fire and two explosions and rushed to the scene. They found no trace of the attackers.
The spokesman said the ambush was well inside the South Korean half of the demilitarized zone.