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U.S. ambassador Mark Lippert attacked in Seoul, South Korea

The ambassador to South Korea was slashed in the face

U.S. ambassador Mark Lippert to South Korea, left, was attacked today in Seoul.Getty

The U.S. ambassador toSouthKoreawas 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.

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