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Soldier reported missing in Kinmen, search ongoing

03/09/2023 10:08 PM
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Dadan Island, a small island belonging to Lieyu Township. CNA file photo for illustrative purpose only
Dadan Island, a small island belonging to Lieyu Township. CNA file photo for illustrative purpose only

Taipei, March 9 (CNA) A soldier serving in the offshore Kinmen County was reported missing at morning roll call Thursday and a search immediately launched.

According to Kinmen Defense Command (KDC), the soldier, surnamed Chen (陳), was absent Thursday morning when his unit took morning roll call on the island of Lieyu, next to Kinmen.

Chen is a professional solider not a recruit serving military service, the KDC stated.

The KDC established a task force to conduct search operations and informed the missing soldier's family of the situation. They arrived on the outlying island in the afternoon, the KDC said.

As of 3 p.m., no trace of Chen had been found, despite five sorties into waters around the island, which is only five kilometers from China.

In addition to reporting the incident to Taipei Mission Control Center, the military said it has also asked the Chinese authorities for help.

(By Huang Li-yun and Chao Yen-hsiang)

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March 10: Missing Taiwanese soldier is in China: KMT lawmaker

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