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A tree on a mountainside outside the boundaries of an artillery range in Fukushima Prefecture is believed to have been the victim of a stray 155-mm howitzer shell from an exercise Friday, Ground Self-Defense Force officials said Saturday.

GSDF officers were investigating whether the errant 60-cm long, 40-kg shell felled the tree on the slopes of the 1,124-meter Mount Kawauchi. The mountain is some 5 km northwest of the GSDF firing range, the officials said.

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