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BTS’ Jin Celebrates End of Military Service by Hugging Fans

A three-hour hugging marathon in Seoul, South Korea, is among the first public engagements of Jin, the oldest member of K-pop supergroup BTS, after being discharged on Wednesday from his 18 months of mandatory military service.

Some 1,000 fans of the pop star were chosen in a raffle. The mass hug on Thursday are to be followed by another event, with 3,000 others. There Jin is reported to be willing to perform songs on request and share messages with fans.

Jin was seen passing through the main gate of the 5th Army Infantry Division in Yeoncheon, 61 kilometers north of Seoul, at about 9 a.m., the Yonhap news agency reports. During his service, he served as an assistant drill instructor at the Army recruit training center there.

Before Jin departed the base, other band members, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook, while still serving their military call-up, put on a celebratory saxophone performance of the band’s single “Dynamite.”

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