South Korean Navy Reportedly Shoots at Unidentified Ships Near North Korea

South Korean Navy Reportedly Shoots at Unidentified Ships Near North Korea
# 26 March 2010 18:08 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. The South Korean navy reportedly shot at unidentified ships near North Korea and is investigating whether a sinking ship in its navy was hit with a torpedo near the maritime border with the communist North, APA reports quoting Fox News.
The South Korean navy has reportedly fired shots at unidentified ships in the direction of North Korea as it investigates whether a sinking vessel in its fleet was struck by a torpedo Friday.
Military officials said the 1,200-ton ship Cheonan was patrolling in waters south of the maritime border with North Korea when an explosion occurred at the stern of the ship, which carries a crew of 104 sailors, KBS World Radio reported.
South Korean broadcaster SBS said many of the sailors were feared dead, as the country’s president, Lee Myung-Bak, called an emergency meeting of security-related ministers.
Twenty-four sailors have been rescued from the vessel, officials told the Korea Herald, and navy ships and helicopters continue to circle in an attempt to save more crew members, KBS World Radio reported.
There was no word on the cause of the explosion or any casualties, but officials did not rule out the possibility of an attack from North Korea.
South Korea’s YTN TV network said the government was investigating whether the explosion was caused by a torpedo attack from the North, and KBS reported news that the another South Korean ship fired at unidentified vessels while patrolling nearby waters.
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