Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, had to undergo surgery including 80 stitches on his face due to the injuries inflicted on him during a talk on Korean unification in Seoul on Thursday. It came to light that the attacker had visited North Korea several times between the period of 1999 and 2007. As per the South Korean police, investigations were on to find any possible links between his visits to North Korea and the attack. It added that they were getting at the facts as to how people were screened before allowing them inside at the venue of the talk. The attack had been carried out by a 55-year old Korean nationalist named Kim Ki-jong who is under arrest. He is believed to have been protesting against the joint annual military exercises of the South Korean and the U.S forces.
As per a South Korean source, the security for the Mark Lippert was based on an assessment by the experts from the department of Bureau of diplomatic Security, and added that Lippert had been provided with a single bodyguard of South Korean National Police. The security of the ambassador, after the attack has, however, been beefed up, and the South Korean government has expressed its resolve to further assess his security needs.