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Vietnamese man illegally enters S. Korea

All News 22:27 January 29, 2016

SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Yonhap) -- A Vietnamese man illegally entered South Korea on Friday from the country's main airport, officials said, in the latest case that showed a loophole in security.

The 25-year-old transfer passenger forced his way out of a gate of an unmanned automatic immigration checkpoint in Incheon International Airport, officials of the justice ministry and the airport said.

The suspect was supposed to leave for Tokyo at 10:10 a.m. after arriving at Seoul via Korean Air at around 5:05 a.m. from Hanoi.

But he was not aboard a plane bound for Tokyo, prompting Korean Air to notify the justice ministry of his disappearance.

No details of the man were immediately available.

The ministry said footage from security cameras showed that the suspect broke through the automatic immigration checkpoint, adding no security guards were present at that time.

Last week, a Chinese couple illegally sneaked into South Korea without being noticed by immigration officials or checked by the airport's security control system.

They were apprehended earlier this week by the immigration authorities in Cheonan, about 90 kilometers south of Seoul, before being taken into custody.


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