Posted : 2015-03-05 07:50
Updated : 2015-03-05 17:30

Lippert gets over 80 stitches on face

U.S. Ambassador to Korea Mark Lippert was seriously injured after being attacked by a knife-wielding assailant at Sejong Center, central Seoul, Thursday. /Yonhap

By Yi Whan-woo

U.S. Amb. Mark Lippert had more than 80 stitches to treat a gush on his right cheek, 11 centimeters long and 3 centimeters deep, caused by a knife attack by a radical activist, Thursday.

According to a medical team of Yonsei University Severance Hospital, Lippert also sustained damage to tendons on his two fingers that doctors worried that could result in a partial loss of function for six months to one year.

They said that he was in stable condition and was recuperating after two and half hours of surgery.

The sources said 55-year-old suspect Kim Ki-jong cut Lippert's face and wrist with a blade during a morning lecture hosted by the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation (KCRC) at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Seoul.

Washington's top envoy to Seoul was entering the lecture hall when the incident took place.

Lippert was rushed to the nearby Gangbuk Samsung Hospital after the attack occurred around 7:30 a.m. and was later transferred to Severance Hospital for surgery.

/ Yonhap

The police arrested the suspect on the scene.

According to witnesses, the suspect shouted that he is against any military exercises before attacking Lippert.

Korea and the U.S. are currently conducting their annual joint military exercises, Key Resolve and Foal Eagle.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is closely following the case.

The KCRC apologized over the incident.

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병원 측 "리퍼트 대사 얼굴 상처 길이 11㎝ 깊이 3㎝"

마크 리퍼트 미국 대사가 세종문화회관에서 열린 행사 참석 도중 괴한의 공격을 받아 얼굴 등을 크게 다쳤다.

리퍼트 대사는 5일 오전 7시 40분께 세종문화회관 세종홀에서 열린 민족화해협력범국민협의회(민화협) 주최 조찬 강연회 장소에서 강의를 준비하는 도중 김기종(55)씨로부터 흉기로 얼굴과 왼쪽 손목 부위를 공격당했다. 

김씨는 진보성향 문화운동 단체인 우리마당 대표를 맡고 있다.

현장에 있던 목격자들은 리퍼트 대사 오른쪽 뒤쪽 테이블에 있던 김씨가 갑자기 다가와서 리퍼트 대사를 밀어 눕히고 여러 차례 공격했다고 전했다.

리퍼트 대사는 피를 많이 흘린채 순찰차를 타고 인근 강북삼성병원으로 긴급 이송돼 치료를 받고 있다. 

경찰은 현장에서 용의자를 검거해 정확한 사고 경위를 조사 중이다.

김씨는 경찰에 붙잡힌뒤 '오늘 테러했다. 우리마당 대표다.유인물을 만들었다. 전쟁 훈련에 반대해서 만든 유인물이다'라고 주장했다. 

김씨는 순찰차에 태워지기 직전 '전쟁 훈련 반대'라는 구호를 외쳤다.

김씨는 지난 2010년 7월 주한 일본대사에게 콘크리트 조각을 던진 혐의(외국사절 폭행)로 징역 2년, 집행유예 3년을 받은 것으로 전해졌다. (연합뉴스)

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