South Korea orders evacuation of residents near the border as North Korea ‘fires shots’
According to South Korean media, they were aiming at a loudspeaker which had been blaring anti-Pyongyang propaganda.
KBS News, a Korean state broadcaster, quoted a South Korean military officer who said shots were fired around 4pm local time, according to Reuters.
South Korea’s defence ministry said its military had returned fire in a statement on Thursday.
It said that their surveillance equipment had detected a single North Korea shell fired across the border and confirmed it had fired dozens of shells at the location of that North Korean shell.
The North has previously said it would retaliate against South Korean rhetoric being blasted across the border, praising their democracy and criticising alleged North Korean provocations.
Seoul starting broadcasting against the North last week in the response to what it alleges were North Korean-laid land mines which maimed two South Korean soldiers.
Additional reporting by Reuters and AP
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