US ambassador says doing "well and in great spirits" after knife attack

US ambassador says doing "well and in great spirits" after knife attack
US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert leaves after he was slashed in the face by an unidentified assailant at a public forum in central Seoul March 5, 2015

SEOUL - US Ambassador Mark Lippert said he was well and in great spirits as he recovered from surgery to treat wounds on his face and arm suffered in a knife attack early on Thursday at an event in central Seoul.

"Doing well and in great spirits! Robyn, Sejun, Grigsby and I - deeply moved by the support!" Lippert tweeted, referring respectively to his wife, newborn son, and dog.

"Will be back ASAP to advance US-ROK alliance!" Lippert, 42, underwent surgery requiring 80 stitches to close a gash on his face after the attacker slashed him with a fruit knife.

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