Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea




 
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March 5th, 2015  
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Topic: Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea


By James Pearson and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a forum held in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification, officials said. In 2010, Kim tried to attack the Japanese ambassador to Seoul by throwing a piece of concrete and was given a suspended jail term, according to police. U.S. President Barack Obama called Lippert to wish him a speedy recovery, a White House official said. The assailant was dressed in traditional Korean clothing and shouted that North and South Korea should be reunited just before he attacked Lippert.




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