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Remains of two Korean War victims identified

All News 13:44 October 08, 2021

SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Yonhap) -- The remains of two police officers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War have been identified through DNA analysis after they were recovered from a former battle site more than a decade ago, the defense ministry said Friday.

The remains were found to have been from Lee Nam-eui and Choi Young-geun, who were killed in a battle against invading North Korean troops that took place in the southwestern county of Yeonggwang in July 1950.

Their remains were retrieved in the region in 2007, along with 36 other sets of remains, through the joint excavation work by the ministry and police. Some 250 police officers participated in the fierce battle, and all of them were killed in action, according to the ministry.

The identification was possible as their families registered their DNA samples with the government, the ministry said, adding that it will hold a ceremony to mark their return and lay their remains at a national cemetery.

Around 140,000 South Korean troops were killed in action and some 450,000 others were injured during the three-year war. The number of fallen South Korean troops whose remains have yet to be recovered stands at around 123,000.

This photo provided by the defense ministry on Oct. 8, 2021, shows articles of a deceased police officer killed in the 1950-53 Korean War. They were excavated from a former battle site in the southwestern county of Yeonggwang, South Jeolla Province, in 2007. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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