June 14, 2017 12:36
Police have arrested a graduate student at Yonsei University on charges of parcel-bombing his professor. Police in Seoul are investigating 25-year-old graduate student identified by his surname Kim, who is suspected sending an improvised explosive device to his supervisor on Tuesday.
Around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, the 47-year-old professor of mechanical engineering at Yonsei, also identified as Kim, spotted a shopping bag in front of his office when he arrived at work.
Inside he found a 20 cm by 10 cm paper box, and as soon as he opened it, flames suddenly shot up from a cocktail shaker inside it. He suffered burns on his hands, face, neck, and ears and was taken to a nearby hospital. The stainless cocktail shaker was packed with gunpowder and bolts.
"The device has all the basic parts of an explosive device, including a detonator and a trigger," a police officer, said. "The suspect seems to have intended to kill his target, given that the explosive was packed with bolts."
But it seems the gunpowder was not strong enough, so a proper explosion was averted.
Police questioned nine graduate students under the professor’s supervision, suspecting that somebody attacked him because of a personal grudge. They eventually fingered the younger Kim because he was caught on a nearby security camera. Kim confessed and police are investigating his motives.
Instructions on how to make an improvised explosive device can be found on YouTube or Google with a few clicks. Materials can be bought online without restrictions.
Since January last year, those who post instructions to make firearms or explosives face a sentence of two years or a fine of up to W5 million here, but the Internet is borderless and the perpetrators difficult to identify (US$1=W1,129).
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