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Korean-American sought by Interpol for making bomb threats to Apink

By Kim Min-joo

Published : Oct. 24, 2017 - 17:34

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A Korean-American man who conducted multiple bomb threats to K-pop band Apink, is now sought by the Korean police as well as Interpol.

Busan Yeonje Police said on Tuesday they are tracking the man on suspicion of making a fake bomb threat to a large-scale concert venue last weekend.

The suspect called the police to tell them that he installed a bomb at the venue for “Busan One Asia Festival” where Apink was set to perform on Sunday. Following the report, the police conducted a comprehensive search of the venue but did not find any explosives.

K-pop band Apink. (Plan A Entertainment) K-pop band Apink. (Plan A Entertainment)

According to the police, the suspect made 11 other threats of a similar nature targeting Apink members over three months since the initial threat on June 14th. The investigators said the suspect was sued for cyberbullying by an Apink member in May, which possibly prompted him to threaten the band members as a retaliatory action.

Although he hid his caller ID when he called the police to make the fake reports, the suspect’s identity has been uncovered by investigators as a Korean-American man based in Canada.

At the request from the local police, an Interpol red notice has been filed against the suspect.