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Unmanned drone crashes on South Korean border island

By Stella Kim, CNN
updated 9:07 PM EDT, Tue April 1, 2014
 An unmanned drone crashed on South Korea's Baekryeong Island.
An unmanned drone crashed on South Korea's Baekryeong Island.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The drone crashed on the Baekryeong Island on Monday afternoon
  • The two Koreas exchanged hundreds of shells across their western sea border

(CNN) -- An unmanned drone crashed on a South Korean island near its disputed maritime border with the North, the country's defense ministry said Tuesday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, center, tours a frontline military unit, in this image released July 16 by state run North Korean Central News Agency. A recent United Nations report described a brutal North Korean state "that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world." North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, center, tours a frontline military unit, in this image released July 16 by state run North Korean Central News Agency. A recent United Nations report described a brutal North Korean state "that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world."
Kim Jong Un and North Korea's military
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North, South Korea exchange fire at sea

The drone crashed on the Baekryeong Island on Monday afternoon, the ministry said -- soon after North and South Korean artillery batteries exchanged hundreds of shells across their western sea border.

The South Korean military is investigating.

The country's Yonhap news agency, quoting an unnamed government source, said the drone crashed near the western sea border, known as the Northern Limit Line after the artillery exchange -- raising the possibility that it was a North Korean reconnaissance plane.

READ: Report: N. Korea fires on South during North's military drills; South responds

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