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Rival Koreas exchange artillery fire

Rival Koreas exchange artillery fire

North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire Thursday near the fierce rivals’ tense border, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said.

The South Korean military said in a statement that a town on its western border with North Korea was fired on by Pyongyang and that it retaliated, the Yonhap News Agency reported. No damage was detected.

The Associated Press reported that about 80 residents in Yeoncheon, where the North Korean shell landed, were evacuated to underground bunkers as a precaution.

North Korea has not commented.

Previously, Pyongyang vowed to retaliate for loudspeaker broadcasts on the border by Seoul that it alleges were critical of the North and praised the South.

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