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March 4 2015 - The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed on his face and hands by a blade-wielding assailant shouting anti-war slogans in an attack in Seoul, South Korea. Witnesses said a man with a blade concealed in his right hand attacked Lippert as he was attending a breakfast function at the Sejong Cultural Institute in central Seoul.

The assailant reportedly shouted “South and North Korea should be reunified!” before lashing out at the envoy. The attacker also expressed opposition to annual military exercises held jointly by South Korea and the US, which are currently under way. North Korea has described the exercises - which involve more than 200,000 troops - as a rehearsal for an invasion and has vowed retaliation.

A small group of South Koreans believe that the American military presence prevents unification of the two Koreas. The assailant had previously thrown concrete at the Japanese ambassador to South Korea. He also has a record of militant Korean nationalistic activism. [video]

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