A man in his 20s rammed his car into pedestrians and went on a stabbing rampage in Seongnam, South Korea, wounding at least 14 people.
What happened: On Thursday, the man, dressed in all black, drove his white Kia hatchback into a pedestrian walkway near a subway station before stepping out of his vehicle to randomly stab people inside the AK Plaza shopping mall.
Injuries: Five people on the walkway were reportedly hit by the car, while nine others were stabbed at the scene. Of those injured, 12 people were seriously injured while two others suffered minor injuries, according to Gyeonggi-do Fire Services.
Arrest and investigation: The man was reportedly arrested at the scene. His motive is currently unclear.
National Police Agency Commissioner General Yoon Hee-keun described the incident as an “indiscriminate attack.” “Unlike traditional crimes driven by personal resentment,” he said, the attack was “in effect, an act of terrorism in that anyone can become a victim.”
Strengthening security: According to the agency, officials are discussing increasing night-time patrols in leisure districts and strengthening security camera surveillance.
The incident comes a month after another stabbing attack occurred in Seoul, killing one person and injuring three others.