South Korea: Arsonist Kills Neighbors Fleeing Fire

Author: Rutayisire Patience
On:17/04/2019 10:52
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A man in South Korea has set his flat on fire and then stabbed building residents as they tried to flee, killing five people, police said.

Thirteen others were injured in the incident that took place in Jinju in the south of the country.

The unidentified 42-year-old suspect was detained and admitted the crime, police said

His motivation was not clear, however police says it was because of overdue wages, Yon Hap News Agency confirmed.

The interior of the burnt apartment.

The man set his own house on fire before stabbing his neighbors  

The suspect set fire to his own flat, located on the fourth floor of a residential building at around 04:25 on Wednesday, the police chief of Jinju told BBC reporters at a press conference.

He then went down to the second floor where he attacked residents coming out of the corridor with a knife.

The victims include a 12-year-old girl, a man in his 70 years, two women in their 60 years and one woman in her 30s, reported Yonhap.

Police were later called to the scene

He was detained at the scene after another resident alerted the police. Fire-fighters extinguished the flames in his apartment some 20 minutes later, says Yonhap.

The suspect had been living alone in the apartment since December 2015, police said.


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