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North and South Korea Exchange Fire In DMZ, No Casualties Reported

North Korea fired multiple gunshots that struck a South Korean guard post in the heavily fortified border region separating the two countries, Seoul’s military said Sunday.

There were no casualties or damage on the South Korean side, but the South’s military returned fire and made a warning broadcast across the border, according to South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff.

It is not clear what led to the North Korean gunfire, which the South said began at 7:41 a.m. local time. North Korea has not commented on the incident.

Several hours after the incident, South Korean military officials said they believe the North Korean gunfire was not intentional. It was not immediately clear how they came to that conclusion.

The U.S.-led United Nations Command, the military body that oversees DMZ affairs, told VOA it is “aware of a reported incident occurring in the vicinity of the Demilitarized Zone this morning.”

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