March 4, 2015 / 11:29 PM / 3 years ago

U.S. ambassador to South Korea slashed in face by assailant

SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to South Korea was slashed in the face by an unidentified assailant at a public forum in the capital early on Thursday, police and a witness said.

Ambassador Mark Lippert was attending a breakfast forum in central Seoul when a man attacked him, slashing him in the face, a witness at the event told Reuters.

Lippert, 42, was bleeding from a facial wound but was walking after the attack as he was taken to the hospital, the witness and news reports said.

A police officer said the suspected attacker was being investigated and could not immediately comment further.

Reporting by James Pearson and Ju-min Park; Writing by Jack Kim; Editing by Paul Tait

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