Kim Kwang-suk
Kim Kwang-suk
Kim Kwang-suk as he is taken into custody.
Background information
Occupation Unemployed
Born ca. 1952
Attack information
Date April 9, 1972
3:15 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.
Location(s) Seoul, South Korea
Killed 0
Injured 19
Weapon(s) Four homemade bombs

Kim Kwang-suk (Korean: 김광석) was a South Korean who injured 19 people, several of them seriously, in Seoul, South Korea on April 9, 1972.[1]

That day the unmeployed 19-year-old, who was armed with a knife and four bombs made of beer cans filled with TNT, went to a downtown teahouse on the second floor of a building on Jongro Street, where he drank whisky and began quarreling with one of the hostesses at about 3:15 p.m. He then took six persons hostage, three of whom later managed to escape. Police was rushed to the scene and fired a dozen tear-gas canisters into the building, however, Kim remained inside for more than an hour, before detonating two of his devices, setting the structure on fire. At about 4:40 p.m. he tried to escape with a female hostage, using the blaze, which also destroyed 20 nearby shops, as cover, but was subdued and arrested. In custody he told police he was tired of life and did not want to live anymore, and also claimed the fire was started by the smoke bombs fired by police.[2][3][4][5]



  1. 「인질폭력」은 없애야 한다. 빈발하는 폭력…사회문제화. 사제폭탄 터뜨려 19명 부상, The Chosun Ilbo (April 11, 1972)
  2. Teen 'Tired of Life' Bombs Tea Houses, Chicago Tribune (April 10, 1972) (p. 1A-14)
  3. Youth, 19, terrorizes, blows up teahouse, Pacific Stars and Stripes (April 12, 1972) (p. 7)
  4. Blast Hurts 40 In South Korea, The Des Moines Register (April 10, 1972) (p. 9)
  5. Korean bomber arrested, The Fremont Argus (April 12, 1972) (p. 10)
  6. 서울서또 다방인질 소동, Maeil Business Newspaper (April 10, 1972)
  7. 서울의 휴일 법석 대낮 다방 서 폭발물 더뜨려, Kyunghyang Shinmun (April 10, 1972)
  8. 사제탄 든 10대의 인질난동 으로 다방에 불이웃 18개 점포 태워, Dong-A Ilbo (April 10, 1972)

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