Travis King pictured with tourists moments before fleeing into North Korea as US scrambles for answers on soldier’s fate

US Army soldier Travis King has been pictured alongside a group of tourists moments before fleeing into North Korea.

King, 23, was detained on Tuesday after making a risky unauthorized venture into Kim Jong-un‘s dictatorship during an organized visit to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

U.S. Private Travis T. King is seen wearing a black shirt and black cap on the corner left sidereuters

The Pvt. 2nd Class soldier was on an orientation tour of the Joint Security Area (JSA) on the border between the two Koreas when he unexpectedly sprinted across the heavily fortified frontier as others looked in shock, according to the Associated Press.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed the 23-year-old soldier, who joined the US Army in 2021, “Wilfully and without authorization” crossed into North Korea.

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