• Short Summary

    South Korean soldiers have discovered a tunnel drilled from the north of the demilitarised zone down which they claim 30,000 attack troops an hour could have moved.

  • Description

    South Korean soldiers have discovered a tunnel drilled from the north of the demilitarised zone down which they claim 30,000 attack troops an hour could have moved.

    The tunnel begins 2,300 meters (yards) to the north of the demilitarised line and when discovered had a further 300 meters (yards) to go before reaching the southern edge of the demilitarised zone and 200 metres (yards) beyond that before it would have reached a strategic exit point.

    The South Koreans were alerted to its presence in November 1973 when one of their soldiers heard muffled underground explosions.

    In December 1974 they drilled 45 exploratory holes over the estimated position of the tunnel. Ten of them hit the tunnel.

    In March this year the South Koreans began digging a tunnel to intercept the North Korean tunnel. By the 24th of the month the two tunnels had intersected 800 metres south of the northern edge of the demilitarized zone.

    The attack tunnel was extremely well built with electric lighting and railway tracks to take away the granite dug from the tunnel.

    Seven South Korean soldiers were killed by booby traps when clearing concrete obstructions from the attack tunnel.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAAU2PDAGP7O900TGR5R5SSYEE
    Media URN:
    VLVAAAU2PDAGP7O900TGR5R5SSYEE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/05/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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