U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert slashed by attacker

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was assaulted by a knife-wielding man in central Seoul Thursday morning in an attack that left him bleeding from the face. The ambassador’s injuries aren’t life-threatening, both local police and an Obama administration official said.

Television footage showed the ambassador, with blood on his face and hands, being hustled into a nearby police car. Organizers of the speaking event attended by Lippert identified the attacker as Kim Ki Jong and said he previously received a suspended two-year jail sentence for throwing a piece of concrete at the Japanese ambassador to South Korea in 2010.

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