Seoul: Troops exchanged gunfire yesterday along the border between North and South Korea, the second outbreak of hostilities in the past 10 days. There were no reports of injuries or damage, but the 10 minutes of shooting highlighted rising tensions between the divided countries.
The shootout began after North Korea sent soldiers close to the border in an attempt, analysts said, to put pressure on the South to stop leafleting its citizens. The previous conflict came when North Korea opened fire on balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets that were floating over the border. South Korean activist groups, mostly made up of North Korean defectors, said they were determined to continue sending the leaflets. South Korea said its soldiers fired warning shots at about 10 North Korean soldiers.
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