Seoul, South Korea- U S Ambassador, Mike Lippert is recovering in the hospital today in South Korea today after being attacked with a knife. Lippert was rushed into surgery and came out with 80 stitches. Lippert suffers from nerve and tendon damage in his face and left hand from the attack. Doctors say, Lippert may have sensory problems for several months while the nerves and tendons are healing.
Police arrested Kim Ki-jong, 55 a key suspect in the case. Kim Ki-jong claims he attacked Lippert in retaliation against U.S. and South Korean Military Drills that began on Monday. Saying the drills have made it impossible for the unification of North and South Korea.
Ki-jong also threw a piece concrete at a Japanese Ambassador in 2010, missing the Ambassador and hitting his secretary instead.
Kim Ki-jong is also well known by police for being a hard-core group protester and his use of violence to call attention to his cause.
Kim Ki-jong has ties to the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, who hosted the breakfast in Seoul, South Korea Lippert attended and was attacked by Ki-jong.
Ki-jong is an anti-U.S. activist and shouted demands for Korean reunification during the attack. Police are currently searching through his offices and computer files to see if he was alone in the attack or if others were involved in the attack on Lippert.
"South and North Korea should be reunified," Kim shouted as he slashed Lippert with a 25-centimeter (10-inch) knife, police and witnesses said.
South Korean protesters burn flags and say the attack on Lippert by Kim's "knife slashes of justice" were "a deserved punishment on war maniac U.S." and reflected the South Korean people's protests against the U.S. for bringing the Korean Peninsula on the verge of war because of the military drills.
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