SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- A South Korean man was shot dead in the Philippines, the fifth South Korean killed in the Southeast Asian country this year, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

The South Korean national was driving in a small town when he was attacked by an unidentified gunman early Saturday. He died at a hospital in Baguio, 200 km north of the capital city of Manila, Yonhap news agency quoted the ministry as saying.

The South Korean Embassy in the Philippines is closely cooperating with the police to help investigate the shooting, the ministry said.