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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Taiwan Shells China

TAIPEI ) -- Taiwan said Tuesday it had accidentally shelled its rival China, drawing harsh condemnation from Beijing and driving relations to a new low.

China's official Xinhua News Agency said that Taiwanese troops stationed on Lesser Quemoy, an island less than two kilometers off the mainland, fired at least a dozen shells into a suburb of Xiamen city, leaving four injured.

Taiwan's Defence Ministry acknowledged that a bombardment had taken place and expressed deep regret for its "unfortunate" mistake.

The anti-aircraft shells were supposed to explode in mid-air but failed to do so and crashed onto the mainland, a ministry statement explained.