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ROK, DPRK exchange fire near border

(Xinhua) Updated: 2014-10-19 19:36

SEOUL - Militaries from the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) exchanged fires on Sunday across their border near the Paju city in Gyeonggi Province, Yonhap news agency reported.

The ROK's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the ROK fired warning shots to the DPRK border post at around 5:40 pm local time (0840 GMT) when the DPRK soldiers were approaching the military demarcation line in Paju, according to the Yonhap. The ROK side has broadcast warning messages before the firing.

The DPRK military fired back and the gun fight lasted for around 10 minutes. No casualties of the ROK soldiers were reported so far, Yonhap quoted the Joint Chiefs of Staff as saying.

It added that ROK has withdrawn tourists and farmers near its fortified border with the DPRK.

Related: No deal reached during inter-Korean military talks

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