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Chinese city close to N Korean border holds air raid amid nuke threats

Last Updated: Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 14:34

Washington: A northeastern Chinese city near the border with North Korea has staged an air raid drill in the wake of rising tensions over Pyongyang’s latest threats.

Chinese media reported that authorities in Huichen, a city of 250,000 people in Jilin province, sounded alarms in residential areas on Thursday morning.

It said participants were shown to underground shelters and the all-clear was sounded 30 minutes later, the Huffington Post reports.

The media report quoted the leader of the exercise, Xu Helin, as saying the city plans a series of drills to boost residents` "disaster response abilities."

It wasn`t clear how long the drill had been planned or how many took part.

According to the report, Japanese media reported that North Korean parachute troops also conducted drills on Thursday in the city of Sinuiju, across the Yalu River from the Chinese city of Dandong.

It wasn`t clear what was achieved by the exercises, which were clearly visible from the Chinese side, the report added.


First Published: Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 14:34

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