DPRK fires artillery onto S. Korean island, S. Korea fires back

14:53, November 23, 2010      

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired Tuesday scores of artillery onto a South Korean island and also into waters off the west coast of the Korean peninsula near a tense maritime border, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

Reportedly fired at 2:34 p.m. local time, some shells landed on South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island and local residents are currently moving to shelters. Two have been injured while authorities are still checking on casualties, according to YTN television.

South Korea fired some 30 artillery shells back in response, and the military is now put on the heightened alert.

The exchanges of fire came when South Korea was engaged in massive annual military exercises involving some 70,000 troops, launched Monday and scheduled to last through Nov. 30.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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