10 Aug '11, 8pm

N. Korea twice fires shells near border, says S.Korea military

N. Korea twice fires shells near border, says S.Korea military

SEOUL: North Korea twice fired shells near the flashpoint Yellow Sea border with South Korea Wednesday, prompting warning shots from the South's marines in response, Seoul's military said. The incidents fuelled already high tensions along the disputed sea border, which saw bloody naval skirmishes in recent years and a deadly shelling attack on South Korea's Yeonpyeong island last November. The North denied shelling, with its state news agency saying Thursday that Seoul was "faking up" the latest incident after "normal blasting" took place as part of construction work, but linking the events with joint US-South Korean military drills set for this month. Seoul's defence ministry said a North Korean shell landed near the border -- known as the Northern Limit Line (NLL) -- at 1:00 pm (0400 GMT). Marines based on Yeonpyeong island broadcast a warning and then fired three warnin...

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