Seoul boosts subway security
SEOUL — Seoul’s city government announced plans this week to stage counterterrorism teams and bomb-sniffing dogs at five key subway stations during rush hour in response to the mass-transit terror attacks in London, Seoul Metropolitan Fire and Disaster Management Department director Suh Sang-tae has confirmed.
The city plans to deploy a unit of 78 people, mostly emergency rescue workers, at the Samsong, Chongno 3-ga, Wangshimni, Shindorim and Sadang stations until the threat is reduced, Suh said.
The city will continue to use a different unit of 60 people deployed at subway stations since March and has plans for a special task force rescue team to be on standby for emergencies, Suh said.
More than 1.4 million people are estimated to use the five designated subway stations each weekday, on average.