The suspect — seen here marching through a shopping mall — was arrested at the scene, police said... CONTINUE.THE.FULL.READING>>>
One person was reportedly killed and at least 12 others were injured in a stabbing rampage near the South Korean capital Seoul on Thursday.
The attack took place near the Seohyeon subway station in the commuter town of Seongnam, about 12 miles southeast of Seoul, when the suspect first rammed into four pedestrians with a vehicle before proceeding to stab nine other people at random.
Unverified footage showed a man wearing a black jacket and dark sunglasses marching through a shopping mall with a large blade. Police officials said the suspect “had been arrested at the scene”.
The attack in broad daylight in an affluent commuter town triggered alarm online.
“The attack (near the) Seohyeon station is really terrifying,” someone wrote on Twitter. “How can we feel safe and comfortable going outside with incidents like this happening?”
The incident follows a similar mass stabbing in a busy alleyway near a subway station in Seoul less than two weeks ago, when a man killed one person and wounded three others. After his arrest, he said he was sorry and told reporters “extreme hardship” drove him to commit the crime.
South Korea is known as a safe country with a low murder rate of 1.3 per 100,000 people in 2021, compared with 7.8 per 100,000 in the United States. But several high-profile stabbings in recent years have prompted calls for more robust measures to pre-empt motiveless crimes.
The National Police Agency said on Thursday it would hold a meeting to discuss how to address stabbings and attacks on random targets... CONTINUE.THE.FULL.READING>>>