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Man detained for unprovoked attack on foreign nationals in Incheon

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By Jung Min-ho

A man has been detained for allegedly assaulting a foreign man and woman with a weapon for no clear reason at Hambak Village, a neighborhood popular among foreigners in Incheon.

According to Incheon Yeonsu Police Station on Monday, the suspect, in his 30s, is now being investigated on suspicion of attacking them with a weapon at about 4:43 p.m. the previous day.

The man, apparently under the influence of alcohol, inflicted non-life-threatening injuries on them in the street, police said.

Just before the attack, he allegedly brandished the weapon at two other foreign men, who fled the scene immediately.

They were strangers to the assailant, police said. It is unknown whether he specifically targeted non-Koreans.

Following a report about the man, police rushed to the spot, where they used a stun gun to apprehend him. Police said they are seeking a warrant for his arrest.

The area is known for its foreign population. According to local government data, more than 60 percent of its residents were foreign passport holders. Of them, nearly half are Koryoin, ethnic Koreans who moved here from the former Soviet states.

Jung Min-ho


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