North and South Korea exchange fire across border


Lim Chang-Won
AFP
October 29, 2010

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North and South Korean troops exchanged fire Friday across their tense border, Seoul’s military said, an incident which heightened tensions before next month’s G20 summit of world leaders in Seoul.

The North fired two bullets at a frontline guard post at 5:26 pm (0826 GMT) and South Korean soldiers immediately fired three shots in return from a machine gun, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

“There were no more shots afterwards. We are now closely watching their movements,” a spokesman told AFP, adding it has strengthened defence readiness.

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He said no South Koreans were hurt in the incident near the Demilitarised Zone dividing the peninsula.

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