South Korean police admit mistakes that led to deaths on Halloween

14:56 01 November Kyiv, Ukraine

In South Korea, police have admitted their mistakes in responding to a stampede in Seoul during a Halloween celebration that resulted in the deaths of more than 150 people.

It is reported by the BBC.

Amid rising calls for accountability, South Korean police chief Yoon Hee-gin said he feels "limitless responsibility for public safety" over the tragedy.. He promised to conduct a full investigation into the incident.
South Korea's police chief said their emergency response to the Itaewon stampede was "inadequate" - the first admission by officials that they did not do enough to prevent the tragedy .
Yoon said the police received numerous calls prior to the incident warning of the seriousness of the situation, but did not respond properly.. Seoul police told the BBC that the first call to South Korea's emergency number came at 6:34 p.m. local time - hours before the start of the deadly stampede - and there were 10 more calls over the next three and a half hours.

Police chief said police response was disappointing. He promised a "fast and thorough intensive investigation" to find out if proper action was taken after receiving the calls and if the officers responded correctly.

Interior Minister Lee Sang-min also apologized for the incident, which left 156 people dead and 152 injured.
"As a father who has a son and a daughter, I am very sad... it's hard to put into words how unreal this situation is and it's hard to accept this situation," he said.