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(2nd LD) Two Koreas exchange shells over western border

All Headlines 17:59 August 20, 2015

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (Yonhap) -- The two Koreas engaged in a brief exchange of shells over the western part of their heavily-fortified border Thursday, escalating inter-Korean tensions following the North's recent land mine attack on the South side.

The South Korean military's radar system detected North Korea firing a shell at a South Korean front-line military unit in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province, northwest of Seoul, at 3:52 p.m., the Ministry of National Defense said.

In response, South Korea fired back dozens of 155-millimeter shells at the point where the North Korean shell was fired from, the ministry noted.

"A trajectory of supposedly North Korean military shells has been detected by (South Korea's) detection system," a ministry official said.

So far, no damage has been reported, the official said.

Cheong Wa Dae, South Korea's presidential office, plans to hold an emergency session of the National Security Council to deal with the latest North Korean attack, an official said.

pbr@yna.co.kr
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