Korean Peacekeepers Attacked in South Sudan

Mortar fire stuck a base of Korean peacekeepers in strife-torn South Sudan on Wednesday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff here said.

It said all 280 Korean peacekeepers stationed there under the UN Mission in South Sudan are safe.

The JCS said two 120mm mortar cannons struck a base of Nepalese servicemen and multinational peacekeeping missions in the town of Bor at around 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Korean troops were stationed about 300 meters away from where the shells fell.

Battles between South Sudanese government forces and rebels took place about 4 km south of the Bor base starting Tuesday afternoon, and it was cannons from government forces that hit the UNMISS base.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 26, 2013 12:27 KST