North Korea Fires Shots Into South Korea, Killing 2 Marines
November 23, 2010
South Korea (ChattahBox World News)—When North Korea discovered that the South Korean military was performing exercises on an island considered to be a disputed sea border, North Korea fired its artillery at the island, killing two South Korean marines and injuring 17 others, including three civilians, the UK Telegraph reports. South Korean officials announced that the country would “sternly retaliate” to any additional affronts.
Up to 200 artillery shells may have fallen on Yeonpyeong Island, located in the Yellow Sea, creating a plume of smoke seen rising from the island, which is home to under 1,300 people, the Telegraph reports. Civilians were evacuated to emergency bunkers as homes and mountains on the island burned.
The attack took place early this morning, just a day after it was announced that North Korea was continuing to forge ahead with its illegal nuclear program in defiance of UN agreements, the Telegraph notes.