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CCTV footage shows South Korean man leaving his home before attack on U.S. ambassador

5:37pm IST - 00:40

Police release CCTV footage they say shows the man, Kim Ki-jong who attacked the U.S. ambassador to the country, leaving his home and arriving at the venue. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) South Korean police released CCTV footage they said showed the man, who slashed the face of U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, leaving his house to head for venue where the attack happened. The footage provided by Seoul Jongno Police Station showed the man walking on a street near his house and walking into an entrance of Sejong Center where Lippert was attending a forum. U.S. ambassador Lippert suffered deep wounds to his face and wrist, requiring surgery, after a South Korean nationalist slashed him with a fruit knife at a breakfast forum in Seoul. Lippert, 42, was bleeding from the wounds, but was able to walk after the attack. Doctors said later his condition was stable after "very successful" surgery that required 80 stitches in his face. The assailant was caught and identified by police as 55-year-old Kim Ki-jong. In 2010, Kim tried to attack the Japanese ambassador to South Korea by throwing a piece of concrete and was given a suspended jail term, according to police. The attack was a protest against joint military exercises by South Korean and U.S. troops, which Kim said interfered with reconciliation between North and South Korea, according to police following an interrogation.

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CCTV footage shows South Korean man leaving his home before attack on U.S. ambassador

5:37pm IST - 00:40