U.S. troops confined to base after attackThe United States Force Korea locked down its GIs for the week after a U.S. Army officer was attacked Sunday by three young Korean men on a street. The incident occurred amid escalating anti-American sentiment triggered by the acquittals of two American soldiers involved in road deaths of South Korean teenage girls.
"South Korea's National Defense Minister Lee June telephoned General Leon LaPorte, commander of the United States Force Korea, to convey regret about the attack on a U.S. officer," the Defense Ministry said Thursday.
General LaPorte reportedly told Mr. Lee about the lockdown, under which U.S. servicemen will be restricted from travel or overnight stays off base. General LaPorte also expressed concern for South Korean police injured during the candlelight vigil last weekend, the ministry spokesman said.