Threat to bomb Seoul City Hall on Liberation Day continues in Japan

An email was sent with a threat to blow up Seoul City Hall, prompting police to investigate. The culprit is still unknown, but we do know it was sent from Japan. And it’s not the first mail you’ve sent. They appear to have been sent by the same person or a similar type of organization. So who’s the culprit?

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Email threatening to bomb Seoul City Hall ahead of Liberation Day

An email was sent to South Korea threatening to blow up Seoul City Hall ahead of Liberation Day. The email stated, “High-performance bombs were placed in several locations within the Seoul City Hall. The time of detonation was 3:34 p.m. on August 15,” and the email’s originating IP was identified as Japan.

Threatening emails from Japan, case three

This is the third threatening email from Japan to be sent to Seoul. On the 8th, emails were sent threatening to kill Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung and bomb a library in Seoul, and on the 9th, emails were sent threatening to bomb Namsan Tower and the National Museum of Korea.

Police investigating sender of threatening emails

Police are investigating the possibility that the emails are from the same person. Given the similarities in content between the two previous emails and this one, we are investigating the possibility that the same person is responsible, and we have asked our Japanese counterparts to cooperate in the investigation. Upon receiving the report, the police dispatched a police commando team to search for explosives inside the Seoul City Hall, but no explosives were found. In preparation, the city of Seoul decided to increase its vigilance.


For the safety of the public, the police and relevant agencies will need to address this issue at the earliest opportunity and take steps to allay the public’s fears.

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