SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Three Japanese nationals who reportedly are members of the Unification Church have suffered burns after one of them set herself and the other two on fire in a South Korean town known as the heart of the church.
The incident Thursday took place one day before the lunar calendar’s first anniversary of the death of Unification Church founder the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, but the motive was not immediately clear.
Gapyeong fire official Kim Oh-Jeong says a 53-year-old woman set herself, a 54-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman on fire inside the lobby of CheongShim Village, a retirement community operated by the Unification Church northeast of Seoul. South Korean news agency Yonhap says the three are church members.
Kim says they suffered second- and third-degree burns that were not life-threatening.