Two South Korean soldiers were killed and a dozen injured after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a South Korean island setting more than 60 houses ablaze and sending civilians fleeing in terror.
The attack, which comes days after it emerged that North Korea was pressing ahead with its illegal nuclear programme, marks a serious further escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The incident is believed to have been sparked by South Korean military exercises in the area, which the North had objected to.
Officials said “dozens" of artillery rounds had landed on Yeonpyeong Island at in the Yellow Sea, 50 miles off the South’s northwest coast in an area close to a disputed sea border. Other reports suggested around 200 shells could have been fired in the attack which began at 2.34pm local time Read more at Telegraph
Destroyed houses are seen on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea, following Tuesday's artillery exchange between North and South Korea. (AP)
South Korean residents take shelter from North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong island, South Korea. (AP)
South Korean police officers move boxes of relief goods onto a boat bound for nearby Yeonpyeong island after it was shelled by North Korea the day before, at a harbour in Incheon, west of Seoul. (AFP)
A man walks past a house wrecked by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island. South Korea warned North Korea of "enormous retaliation" if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. (REUTERS)
South Korean residents rest as they take shelter from North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong island, South Korea. (AP)
South Korean Marines walk along the dock onto a navy ship set to return to nearby Yeonpyeong island after it was shelled by North Korea the day before, at a harbour in Incheon, west of Seoul. (AFP)
South Korean residents board a ship to leave Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea. (AP)