North Korean Landmine Kills One South Korean, Injures Another

By Angela Wang
Angela Wang
Angela Wang
August 1, 2010 Updated: August 1, 2010

One South Korean man was killed and another injured by a North Korean landmine Aug. 1, according to South Korean news agency YONHAP.

The men were reportedly fishing in a prohibited area of the Imjin River, which flows from North Korea to Seoul.

On Saturday, South Korean military found and detonated eight other landmines that had washed up on beaches on the country’s western coast, according to YONHAP.

Thirty-five mines total have washed up on South Korean shores since Saturday, due to torrential rains in North Korea, according to AP.

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the border area that separates the two Koreas, continues to be one of the most heavily mined areas of the world, according to the Landmine and Cluster Munitions Monitor.

The landmines are about 8 inches by 3.5 inches by 1.5 inches, and they are made of wood and explode when opened, according to S. Korean military sources cited by YONHAP.

Angela Wang