10 Aug '11, 7am

S. Korea fires shots after shell lands near border

SEOUL: South Korea fired warning shots Wednesday after a North Korean artillery shell landed near the flashpoint Yellow Sea border, Seoul's defence ministry said. The incident highlights the tensions along the disputed borderline, which has been the scene of bloody naval skirmishes in recent years. The ministry said its troops heard the sound of three shells and saw one of them fall near the border known officially as the Northern Limit Line (NLL). "In response, we fired three shots that landed near the NLL," a ministry spokesman told AFP, adding that the North's shell landed near Yeonpyeong island but the situation was now stable. Officials did not specify where the South fired from, but it appeared to be from a marine unit based on the island. An unidentified government official quoted by Yonhap news agency said: "One shot (from the North) crossed the NLL but I don't thi...

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