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South Korea Police Seek Detention Warrant For Man Accused Of Attacking U.S. Ambassador

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 05:  (SOUTH KOREA OUT) In this handout image provided by The Asia Economy Daily newspaper, U.S. Am
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 05: (SOUTH KOREA OUT) In this handout image provided by The Asia Economy Daily newspaper, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert is seen after getting attacked on March 5, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. Ambassador Lippert was attacked with a razor blade by a man at a venue where he was going to give a lecture. The attacker who reportedly identified himself as a representative for a watchdog organization of the disputed island Dokdo/Takeshima, was arrested immediately on site. (Photo by Handout/The Asia Economy Daily via Getty Images)

SEOUL, March 6 (Reuters) - South Korean police said on Friday they have requested a court-issued detention warrant for an assailant who slashed the U.S. ambassador to Seoul in the face, with the charges to include attempted murder.

Ambassador Mark Lippert suffered wounds to his face and hand and remains in hospital after Thursday's attack, although his injuries are not life-threatening.

Police are investigating possible links between the attack and visits made by the assailant, identified as Kim Ki-jong, to North Korea in the past. (Reporting by Ju-min Park; Writing by Jack Kim; Editing by Paul Tait)

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