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S. Korea's counterfire killed one N. Korean officer, wounded two: activist

All Headlines 19:36 November 30, 2010

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Yonhap) -- An anti-North Korea activist in Seoul said Tuesday that North Korea suffered just one death from South Korea's return fire during cross-border gunfire exchanges in the Yellow Sea on Nov. 23.

Choi Sung-yong, the head of a group of relatives of South Koreans kidnapped by North Korea, told reporters that he has obtained intelligence that one North Korean officer was killed and two soldiers were wounded by South Korean artillery fired from Yeonpyeong Island.

"I talked to a source in North Korea around Nov. 27 by phone and was told about the North Korean casualties from the Nov. 23 gunfire exchanges. The wounded are said to be in critical condition," said Choi.

North Korea fired about 170 rounds of artillery shells on the West Sea island, killing four people, including two marines, and wounding 18 others.

South Korea's military, while announcing its marines fired about 80 artillery rounds toward North Korea's coastal bases, said the North was believed to have sustained considerable damage from the South's counterattack.

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