U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was attacked while giving a lecture and taken to a hospital for treatment, according to South Korean media. The U.S. Embassy says he is in “stable condition” after razor blade attacks Thursday morning local time to cheeks and hand.
South Korean news channel YTN TV showed a picture of Lippert bleeding from the head and wrist but said his injuries weren’t seen as life threatening.
The suspect has been identified as a 55-year-old man with the surname Kim, who allegedly expressed his discontent with joint South Korean-U.S. military drills that started this week before carrying out the attack, according to Yonhap News. The drills aim to prepare both militaries against North Korean attacks, the media agency reported.
As he was briskly escorted to a car after the attack, Lippert held his bleeding face, according to video footage captured by Yonhap News.
Lippert, 42, became ambassador last year and has been mostly popular during his time in Seoul. His wife gave birth here and the couple gave their son a Korean middle name. Lippert was formerly the U.S. Assistant Secretary Defense for Asian affairs.
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Additional reporting by Mashable