Lee Jae-myung, the leader of South Korea’s main opposition party, was stabbed in the neck on January 2nd during a visit to the city of Busan. Lee, who narrowly lost the South Korean presidential election last year, was making campaign stops in preparation for parliamentary elections in April. The brutal attack has left Lee hospitalized in critical condition and sparked outrage across South Korea’s political landscape.
The stabbing occurred around 12:20 PM local time at an outdoor rally in Busan. As Lee was shaking hands with supporters, a man in his 40s or 50s approached him from behind and stabbed him in the neck with a knife. Photos and video footage show the suspect wearing a gray hat and face mask at the time of the attack.
Lee’s security detail immediately restrained the assailant while medical personnel rushed to provide first aid. Lee was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with bleeding from his neck, where he underwent surgery. He was later airlifted to Seoul National University Hospital for further treatment.
Key Details of Lee Jae-myung Stabbing
|Date & Time
|January 2, 2023, around 12:20 PM local time
|Outdoor rally in Busan, South Korea
|Stab wound to the neck, bleeding
|Surgery at Busan hospital, transferred to Seoul National University Hospital
|Man in 40s or 50s wearing gray hat and face mask
Doctors say the knife missed major arteries but damaged muscles and nerves in Lee’s neck. He is currently in intensive care but has been conscious and able to communicate. It is not yet clear if the attack will leave Lee with permanent disabilities.
Within hours of the attack, police identified the suspect as a man named Kim…
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