N Korea has bombed S Korea Killing One Injuring 15
November 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
S. Korea has scrambled F-16 fighter jets to the western sea and returned fire after the North shot off artillery towards S. Korean waters and Yeonpyeong
N Korea fired artillery toward its tense western sea border with S. Korea on Tuesday, killing at least one South Korean soldier. Two civilians and 13 other S. Korean military personnel were injured, with three of the soldiers seriously hurt. At least 200 rounds of artillery hit an inhabited S. Korean island in the Yellow Sea after the North started firing about 2:30 p.m. local time. S. Korea’s military responded with 80 rounds of artillery and deployed fighter jets to counter the fire, the report said. The S. Korean army also raised its alert condition, the report said. Images of plumes of smoke were quickly broadcast on Yonhap television from the island of Yeonpyeong, but it was not immediately clear what the artillery had hit. The island has a total of about 1,300 residents. Some residents started fleeing for the S. Korean mainland, which is about 145 kilometers (90 miles) away. Other residents were seeking shelter at schools. The S. Korean government immediately called an emergency meeting of its security ministers. The N. Korean fire came as the South’s military conducted routine drills in waters off the island, which is about 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the North.
The incident came during a routine drill by Southern forces in waters near the island, the military said.
“We upgraded the military’s alert posture on North Korea,” Colonel Lee Bung-woo, spokesman at the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Yonhap.
The military had announced it was on its highest non-wartime alert level.
The disputed maritime border has long been a source of friction and has seen repeated skirmishes – in some cases fatal – in recent years.
Relations between the two Koreas have remained tense since the South’s Cheonan warship sank in March, killing 46 sailors. An international investigation led by Seoul blamed a North Korean torpedo, but Pyongyang denies any involvement.
The latest conflict comes amid growing international concern over reports that North Korea has a new uranium enrichment facility.