The U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, has been attacked while giving a lecture in Seoul, the capital, and was quickly taken to a local hospital for the treatment of his injuries. Local media reports stated he was injured, but the extent of his injuries have not yet been released. YTN TV released a picture of Ambassador Lippert bleeding from his head and wrist, though they stated his injuries did not seem to be life threatening.
Following the attack, according to the local television station, a man only identified by his surname, Kim, was taken into custody by local Seoul law enforcement.
Lippert, 42, became the ambassador to South Korea in 2014. During his time in Seoul, he has been seen as a popular figure and has continued strong diplomatic relations between the United States and South Korea. Lippert was previously the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian Affairs. The U.S. State Department has yet to comment on the attack or the status of Ambassador Lippert.
By Alex Lemieux
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