Seoul, July 19 (Jiji Press) — A vehicle caught fire in front of the building that houses the Japanese embassy in Seoul in the early hours of Friday, according to South Korean police and other sources.
A man in his 70s was taken to hospital due to severe burns, the sources said.
Shortly after 3 a.m. (6 p.m. Thursday GMT), the man attempted to crash the vehicle into the building before the fire started, but was stopped by police, according to South Korean news broadcaster YTN.
It is unknown whether the incident is related to Japan’s tighter controls on semiconductor materials exports to South Korea.
The embassy asked South Korean police to bolster security.
“It seems that the man set fire to a burnable object inside the vehicle with a lighter,” an embassy official said.
No one else was injured, according to the official.