November 23, 2010 / 10:20 AM / in 8 years

North Korea says Seoul initiated firing of shells

People look as smoke rises from South Korean Yeonpyeong Island after being hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea November 23, 2010 in this picture taken by a South Korean tourist. REUTERS/Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Tuesday that South Korea had initiated firing of shells, prompting it to take military action, which killed two soldiers in the South and set dozens of houses ablaze.

“Despite our repeated warnings, South Korea fired dozens of shells from 1 p.m. ... and we’ve taken strong military action immediately,” the North’s official KCNA news agency said in a brief statement.

It did not elaborate whether North Korea had suffered any damage from the exchange of fire.

Reporting by Miyoung Kim and Yoo Choonsik; editing by Jeremy Laurence

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