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CHOCO
Dec 16th, 2002, 11:54 AM
U.S. military says soldier attacked by South Korean men near army base

Monday, December 16, 2002


(12-16) 00:44 PST SEOUL, South Korea (AP) --

Three South Korean men, one armed with a knife, attacked and injured a U.S. military spokesman in a pedestrian underpass, the U.S. military said Monday.

The confrontation was the second on Sunday between U.S. soldiers and South Korean civilians, and came amid rising anti-U.S. sentiment triggered by the deaths of two South Korean girls who were hit by an American military vehicle.

Lt. Col. Steven A. Boylan of Wausau, Wis., was assaulted in the evening near the main U.S. military base in Seoul, the Eighth Army said. The attackers cursed Boylan in English, as one punched him and another tried to stab him in the stomach.

Boylan, who was unarmed, twisted away from the knife-wielding attacker and struck him, the statement said. Boylan, chief spokesman for the Eighth Army, suffered a blow to the head, a cut on his left side, and minor scrapes and bruises.

He was treated at a hospital and released. U.S. military police and South Korean police were investigating.

"Right now, we're treating it as a random attack," Pierce said.

In the same area early Sunday, three U.S. soldiers got into a shoving match with some South Koreans after a traffic dispute involving their vehicles. The two groups accused each other of starting the fight. There were no arrests.

An anti-U.S. outcry followed the acquittals in U.S. military courts of two American soldiers who were charged with negligent homicide in the accidental road deaths of two South Korean girls. The 13-year-olds were struck and killed by a U.S. armored vehicle in June.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of South Koreans gathered near the U.S. Embassy to protest the acquittals, as well as demand more jurisdiction for South Korea in legal cases involving the 37,000 U.S. soldiers stationed in the South.

The U.S. military has warned soldiers to avoid a nightclub area in Seoul, stay away from demonstrations and take other precautions to avoid confrontations.

CHOCO
Dec 16th, 2002, 02:33 PM
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CHOCO
Dec 16th, 2002, 08:33 PM
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