North Korean soldiers are seen at a military fence next to a guard post in the North Korean border county of Kaepoong, as seen…
North Korean soldiers are seen at a military fence next to a guard post in the North Korean border county of Kaepoong, as seen across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from the South Korean island of Ganghwa on September 25, 2020.

SEOUL - South Korea’s military says a North Korean man was captured after he crossed the heavily militarized border that separates the two bitter rivals.  

The Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a statement saying the man was detected by surveillance equipment late Tuesday night after he breached the eastern section of the border, prompting the military to issue an anti-infiltration alert.

The unidentified man was taken into custody several hours later after an extensive search. The military said it will launch an investigation into the incident, including whether the man was intending to defect. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said there was no unusual movement by North Korean troops along the border.   

The incident occurred hours before Seoul restarted civilian tours to the southern part of the Demilitarized Zone, which were suspended in October 2019 after an outbreak of African swine fever.