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South Korea opposition chief stabbed in neck, recovering after surgery


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Ju-min Park and Hyonhee Shin
January 2, 2024

  • Lee out of surgery, in intensive care and conscious
  • Assailant asked for autograph and then attacked
  • South Korea has a history of political violence

SEOUL, Jan 2 (Reuters) - South Korean opposition Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung was stabbed in the neck on Tuesday by a man who lunged at him with a knife after asking for his autograph, officials said.

Lee, 59, was rushed to hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair a major blood vessel, and was later recovering and conscious in an intensive care unit, party spokesperson Kwon Chil-seung told reporters.

Kwon condemned the attack, weeks before a parliamentary election that is due in April, as "political terror".

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