Published March 04, 2015
The U.S. ambassador to South Korea was seriously injured in an attack Thursday morning in Seoul, and his assailant was immediately arrested, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.
Mark W. Lippert was rushed to a nearby hospital and appeared to be splattered with blood but was on his feet, Yonhap reported. He was on his way to attend a morning lecture in central Seoul when the attack took place.
Several details, including the nature of the attack, a motive or who was behind it, were not immediately clear.
Lippert was confirmed as the ambassador in September.
He previously held senior positions in the Department of Defense between 2012 and 2014 before being nominated to the post. In 2008, he served as deputy director for foreign policy on the Obama-Biden transition team.
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