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Mines swept from N Korea kill one

Dozens of land mines have washed up on South Korean shores in recent days, apparently swept from North Korea by torrential rains.

One killed a man and wounded another, the military said.

Two men discovered two mines in wooden boxes floating in a river while they were fishing near the border with North Korea on Saturday night, according to an officer with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

One mine exploded while they were carrying it home, killing one of the men immediately, said the official on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.

The other man was seriously wounded and was taken to a nearby hospital.

It was not clear if the men knew the objects they picked up were land mines.

The officer said about 30 such mines have been swept to South Korea since Saturday, apparently riding rapids triggered by heavy rains in the North.

The land mines can be triggered by a slight pressure, he said.

The two Koreas are still technically at war because their 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Their 155-mile-long border is strewn with mines.

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