Jakarta, Klinik Farma – Incidents of stabbing reported by victims are now plentiful in South Korea (South Korea). On Thursday (03/08/2023), a 23-year-old man named Choi was arrested after being stabbed in Seongnam City, Gyeonggi Province.
launch yonhap, Choi was arrested after driving his car into a sidewalk and injuring five people. He also inflicted accidental stabbings at a nearby department store and then injured nine people near Seohyeon Subway Station in Bundan around 5:55 pm local time.
As a result of the attack, 14 people were injured, 12 of them seriously. Of the total number of victims, nine people were stabbed and five in a car accident. Two of the victims are reported to be in critical condition.
Those suffering from mental disorders
The police quickly arrested Choi and took a drug test, which later came back negative. It turned out only that the suspect had social phobia, and later he was diagnosed with schizoid personality disorder.
According to investigators on Friday (04/08/2023), the suspect appears to be suffering from persecution mania. “He spoke incoherently during the initial interrogation and claimed that a certain group of people were chasing me and trying to kill me,” the police said.
Officially, the Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police Department handling the case stated that the suspect had suffered from a mental illness since his school days and displayed symptoms of persecutory delusions during the investigation.
Based on his statement, the police suspect that the abuse complex and other mental illness were the cause of the crime.
According to family, Choi dropped out of school during his freshman year due to social phobia or social anxiety disorder. He was later diagnosed with schizoid personality disorder sometime in 2020 but did not receive proper treatment.
After Choi dropped out of school, he either stayed at home or worked part-time. The suspect, who was still living with his family at the time of the crime, had recently started working as a delivery man for a delivery company.
Not the first time
Choi’s escape and stabbing incident was followed by another knife attack by a man against a high school teacher in Daedok-gu, Daejeon on Friday morning.
According to reports Korean Herald, the suspect was arrested two hours after the attack, and police are investigating the motive for the attack as they believe the suspect knows the victim, who was left in critical condition.
Two cases occurred just weeks after a fatal stabbing in Silim-dong, Seoul on July 21. The incident led to a number of calls for tougher penalties for similar crimes and tighter security measures.
These cases were also followed by a series of anonymous threats posted on the Internet about similar attacks in public places. This further increased the anxiety and anxiety among the population.
Fear of residents
Cases of stab wounds in the near future also frighten residents. Many have expressed safety concerns, and some have even decided to cancel their trips to crowded places.
“I always tell my kids to be careful when they go abroad because I’m afraid of guns, but now I’m even more afraid to be in South Korea,” said Lee Yong-ja, a 78-year-old Seongnam resident who fled after hearing the news. .- shouted people during the incident Reuters.
Another resident of the area, Choi Jun-ho, 26, said he was especially vigilant on his way to work, which is next to the mall where the attack took place.
“It’s horrible. Something similar could happen right next to me,” he said.
A list of copycat threats is circulating on social media. The 31-year-old Seoul resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety, warned his family and friends not to leave the house.
“I told my family and friends to stay at home,” he said. “I hope that all people who have published threats will be found and severely punished.”
Tighten security and regulations
As a result of this series of cases, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Friday immediately called for mobilization to prevent such a thing from happening.
“The indiscriminate knife attack at Seohyun Station is an act of terrorism against innocent civilians,” Yoon said in a statement released by his office. AFP.
“The government should engage the entire police apparatus so that people do not worry,” he said, adding that threatening messages also appeared on social networks.
In the meantime, the police will step up patrols and also stop and search for suspicious people in public places, which is called “special police operations.” This was announced on Friday by the head of the National Police.
“I am announcing special police actions to deal with heinous crimes until people’s anxiety subsides,” said Yoon Hee Geun, Commissioner General of the National Police Agency (NPA).
“We will selectively stop and search individuals suspected of possessing weapons or individuals leading bizarre lifestyles in accordance with procedures established by law,” he added. He also ordered the police to actively use physical force, including the use of firearms or stun guns, in the event of another stabbing.
The police chief also stated that they will punish people who post threats to commit copycat crimes or spread fake news online in accordance with applicable laws.
The police will also work closely with local governments and private security guards to keep people safe in their homes. The police are also continuing to discuss with the relevant agencies the expansion of infrastructure for policing.
“We will use maximum police forces in public places, including local police, riot police and police operatives, to increase patrols and suppress the atmosphere of criminal activity,” he added.
South Korea is generally a very safe country. According to official statistics, the murder rate is 1.3 per 100,000 people in 2021. In contrast, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), South Korea has the highest suicide rate, with a worldwide average of six homicide deaths per 100,000 people. Human.
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