Car filled with explosive gas runs into US Embassy in Seoul

A car filled with explosive gas has smashed into the US Embassy in Seoul just days before President Donald Trump is due to visit.

A 40-year-old man identifed as Park Mo, believed to be the driver, was detained following the incident which took place at around 6pm local time. Police said the rental car suddenly turned right and slammed into the gates of the Embassy.

After examining the car a box containing 30 butane canisters was found in the boot. South Korean police are now expected to consult with the US Embassy about strengthening the site’s security.

President Trump is set to touch down in Seoul on Saturday for a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Trump has said that he is considering visiting the heavily fortified demilitarised zone which divides North and South Korea during his two-day stop after the G20 summit in Japan.

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