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20 October 2017 18:18 (South Africa)

North, South Korean navies fire on each other

Patrol vessels from the two Korean navies had a brief exchange of fire in a disputed area off the western coast of the Korean Peninsula. A North Korean ship suffered heavy damage before retreating, according to South Korea. The North's patrol boat apparently crossed the disputed western sea border and drew warning shots from a South Korean navy vessel, before the two ships opened fire on each other. Navies from the two Koreas have previously fought skirmishes along the western sea border in 1999 and 2002. The sea border remains undefined more than half a century after the Korean War ended in an armistice and not a permanent peace treaty. Read more: AP

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