Package explodes at South Korean university, one injured

FILE PHOTO - A student walks in the Yonsei University in Seoul
FILE PHOTO – A student walks in the Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

June 13, 2017

SEOUL (Reuters) – A package exploded at South Korea’s Yonsei University in central Seoul on Tuesday, injuring a faculty member who opened it in his office, police and fire officials said.

The faculty member, who was not identified, took a box that was in a shopping bag left at his office door and opened it in his office. The blast sent nails flying through the room, police said.

The engineering faculty member was not seriously injured, but was being treated in hospital for burns to his wrist and neck.

Police said in a statement that they were analyzing what the package, which they described as a “crude device”, and checking security cameras to determine who left it at the door.

The injured staffer was the only person in the office at the time, and no other faculty members or students are believed to be injured, a fire official said.

(Reporting by Heekyong Yang; Editing by Paul Tait and Michael Perry)