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(LEAD) U.S. envoy to Seoul injured in razor blade attack

All Headlines 08:43 March 05, 2015

(ATTN: UPDATES with suspect's identity, development; ADDS background throughout; RECASTS headline)

SEOUL, March 5 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Amb. to Seoul Mark Lippert was injured Thursday after being attacked by an assailant who said he was against the joint South Korea-U.S. military drills that kicked off earlier this week, authorities said.

The suspect, identified only as a 55-year-old man surnamed Kim, cut Lippert's face and wrist with a razor blade around 7:40 a.m., as the envoy was entering a lecture hall in downtown Seoul, police said.

Lippert, bleeding, was rushed to a nearby hospital, police said, adding Kim was arrested immediately.

It is the first time a U.S. ambassador has been assaulted in South Korea.

The suspect shouted his opposition to the annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises that started Monday, police said. The exercises are part of Seoul and Washington's efforts to better deter threats from North Korea.

Police said Kim may be treated at a hospital for a foot injury before facing questioning.

In July 2010, Kim received a suspended two-year prison term for throwing a piece of concrete at a Japanese ambassador to Seoul.


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