South Korean police have said crowd control measures at the scene of a deadly Halloween crush in the capital, Seoul, were “inadequate”, promising tough new safety measures to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.
National Police Commissioner General Yoon Hee-keun told reporters on Tuesday that he felt “limitless responsibility about public safety over this accident” that killed at least 156 people.
The crush, which took place in Seoul’s Itaewon district, was the deadliest such disaster in South Korea and happened after an estimated 100,000 people – many in their teens and twenties and dressed in costume – flocked to the area’s bars, restaurants and clubs to celebrate Halloween.
Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi reports from Seoul.
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