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Three men nabbed for blasts at Seoul transportation hubs

Police investigates two explosions at transportation centers in Seoul. Police said they have arrested three men on suspicion of setting explosives in lockers of two major Seoul transportation hubs. (Yonhap News)
Police investigates two explosions at transportation centers in Seoul. Police said they have arrested three men on suspicion of setting explosives in lockers of two major Seoul transportation hubs. (Yonhap News)

Police said Sunday they have arrested three men on suspicion of triggering a string of explosions involving what appeared to be butane gas that struck two major Seoul transportation hubs.

Police took custody of the three separately on Saturday. The men are suspected of placing privately made explosives inside lockers set up at Seoul Station in the central part of the capital and Seoul Express Bus Terminal in the southern part of the city on Thursday, police said.

The explosions, which caused no injuries or deaths, occurred about half an hour apart -- the first at Seoul Station and then at the bus terminal. Police have suspected the explosives were homemade as they found traces of butane tanks connected to electrical wires in both locations.

The group comprises a 43-year-old man, who appeared to have acted as the leader; a 36-year-old man who allegedly purchased materials for making the homemade explosives; and another man, 51, who is accused of planting the explosives at the train and bus stations.

CCTV footage showed one suspect, which led the police to arrest the group of three.

The police, who had launched a probe into whether the explosions were planned acts of terrorism, are investigating the men to discover a motive for the crime and other details.

(Yonhap News)

<한글 기사>

서울역 사제폭탄 사건 용의자 3명 검거

강남고속버스터미널과 서울역에서 발생한 사제폭탄 폭발사건의 용의자 3명이 경찰에 붙잡혔다.

서울지방경찰청 형사과는 지난 12일 오전 부탄가스통에 디지털 타이머를 연결한 사제폭탄 2개를 강남고속버스터미널과 서울역의 물품보관함에 투입한 뒤 폭발시킨 혐의로 폭발물 제조자 김모(43)씨 등 일당 3명을 14일 검거해 조사 중이라고 15일 밝혔다.

경찰은 14일 오전 0시30분께 타이머 등 재료를 구입한 혐의를 받는 이모(36)씨를 인천에서 검거했으며 오후 5시45분께 주범으로 지목되고 있는 김씨를 경기도 양평에서 긴급체포했다. 

이어 물품보관함에 사제폭탄을 투입한 혐의를 받는 박모(51)씨를 오후 9시10분께 서울 천호동에서 긴급체포했다.

경찰은 서울역과 강남고속버스터미널에 설치된 CCTV에서 용의자의 모습이 담긴 화면을 확보하고 사고 현장에 남은 폭발물 재료로 구입처를 추적하는 등 수사를 벌여왔다.

경찰은 김씨 등을 상대로 상세한 범행 과정과 범행 동기 등을 캐묻고 있다.

(연합뉴스)

 

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