Apink Harassed by More Than 30 Bomb Threats in Second Half of 2017

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APink attend the 2017 Asia Artist Awards on Nov. 15, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

A disgruntled former fan has been harassing the Korean girl group Apink with false bomb threats since June, resulting in Interpol intervention.  

The anonymous threats have affected Apink's career both in Korea and internationally and caused delays or venue changes at concerts and multiple other events the girl group's members were appearing at. Since the summer, the six-member act has been the target of dozens of bomb threats at multiple public events throughout a variety of countries.

As recently as last week, police in Tokyo received warning that an explosive device had been placed at a concert hall where the band was set to perform, while a hotel in Seoul was searched last week ahead of a press conference for a television show featuring member Jeong Eunji after it received similar threats. 

On Monday (Nov. 27), Oh Jeong-heon, the head of Apink’s management agency Plan A Entertainment, told the Korean outlet Chosun Ilbo that the members and company were "emotionally drained" by the threats, which have necessitated added security sweeps prior to planned appearances in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

A suspect was identified earlier this year, when a 31-year-old Korean-American man located in Canada first came under investigation by authorities. Chosun Ilbo reports that he has been upfront about his threats towards the female act, and was previously a fan of the group but got angry when members appeared on a television program and went on blind dates with other men.

Apink most recently released their EP Pink Up in June; the album peaked at No. 14 on the World Albums chart. The group, known for their bubbly, girlish styling, was the last Korean girl group to hold a solo tour in the States, when they held their Pink Memory: Apink North America Tour.  

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