1,000 evacuated after bomb threat targeting Seoul sports complex


Some 1,000 have been evacuated from the Jamsil sports complex in Seoul after police receive a report of a man threatening to blow up the complex on an internet bulletin posting. – EPA pic, August 7, 2022.

ABOUT 1,000 people were evacuated today after a man in his 20s threatened to blow up the Jamsil sports complex in southern Seoul.

The man, who claimed to be an Islamic State warrior, uploaded a posting on an internet bulletin board this morning, saying he would explode bombs three times at the sports complex, according to Yonhap news agency citing Seoul Songpa fire station.

The station alerted police to the threat at 10.19 am, officials said.




Police sent 14 vehicles and 58 members to evacuate about 1,000 people who were making preparations for Seoul Festa, an annual tourist festival, from the complex. Also evacuated were LG Twins professional baseball players practising at the complex, the report added.

Police combed through the complex but found no explosives.

After tracking down the IP address of the posting, police confirmed that a 20-something man living in Goyang, north of Seoul, wrote it but did not take him into custody in consideration that he is mentally challenged. – Bernama, August 7, 2022.