South Korea’s Opposition Leader Lee Jae-myung has been stabbed in the neck during a visit to the city of Busan.
Lee, who narrowly lost the 2022 Presidential Election, sustained a 1cm laceration on the left side of his neck, reports said.
He was airlifted to hospital. Doctors say the wound is not life-threatening.The 66-year-old man who attacked him said he had intended to kill Lee, Yonhap news agency reported. The motive for the attack is unclear. The brazen daytime attack shocked the nation and prompted condemnation from political parties and politicians, including current President Yoon Suk Yeol.
Lee, who leads the Democratic Party of Korea, was addressing reporters at a news conference during a visit to a construction site in the port of Busan on Tuesday morning when the stabbing happened.
The attacker reportedly approached him to ask for an autograph, before suddenly lunging forward to stab him. The weapon was an 18cm (7in) knife which the attacker said he bought online, police said at a media briefing.