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N. Korea issues air raid alert, orders immediate military action

TOKYO, March 21 (KUNA) -- North Korea issued air raid alerts and ordered its military to take immediate action, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday.
The alert was issued at 9:32 a.m. (0032 GMT) with military units and civilians told to take cover, according to state-run Korean Central Television, monitored by Yonhap.
It added that authorities called on the armed forces to take countermeasures to reduce damage. The broadcaster did not say if an attack is under way or expected, indicating it may be a drill.
Related to the air raid alert, South Korea's military confirmed the North carried out a drill. "The drill may be in response to the earlier deployment of a US B-52 bomber over South Korea," a South Korean official was quoted as saying. He added that the alert is similar to civil defense air raid drills carried out by Seoul.(end) mk.nfm KUNA 210926 Mar 13NNNN