Seoul: South Korea on Monday said that North Korea flew “several” drones into its airspace, prompting Seoul to fire warning shots and deployment of fighter jets.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the military detected the drones at around 10 am local time (0100 UTC).
“Several North Korean unmanned aerial vehicles invaded our airspace” in the border areas around the northwestern Gyeonggi province, the JCS added.
“This is a clear act of provocation by the North violating our airspace,” Lee Seung-o, a JCS official, told a briefing.
South Korea issues warning messages and shots, after this the military launched fighter jets and attack helicopters to shoot down the North Korean drones.
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According to the Yonhap news agency, South Korea fired more than 100 shots but still failed to shoot down the drones.
The military also deployed a KA-1 light attack aircraft, but for an unknown reason, it crashed in Hoengseong County, about 140 kilometers east of Seoul, at 11:39 a.m. Both of the pilots escaped safely, the report added.
It’s the first time for North Korean drones to enter South Korean airspace since 2017, when a suspected North Korean drone was found crashed in South Korea.
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