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Lee Jae-myung was attacked while speaking to reporters during a visit to the southeastern port city of Busan.
South Korean opposition leader Lee Jae-myung was rushed to hospital after being stabbed in the neck during a visit to the southeastern port city of Busan.
Lee, who leads the main opposition Democratic Party, was stabbed in the left side of his neck during a question-and-answer session with reporters Tuesday morning, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.
Citing witnesses, he said the suspect approached Lee for an autograph and claimed to be a supporter. He then attacked him with a weapon measuring between 20 and 30 centimeters (7.9 to 11.8 inches) long.
The unidentified man was arrested at the scene, the agency added.
Footage published in South Korean media showed Lee lying on his back with his eyes closed as officials crowded around him and one pressed a cloth to his neck.
Yonhap said the politician was bleeding, but remained conscious.
Lee, who had previously visited the site of a new airport under construction on Busan’s Gadeok Island, ran for president in 2022 but lost to conservative Yoon Suk-yeol.
Yoon said Tuesday’s attack was unacceptable and called for an immediate and thorough investigation.
Born into a poor farming family, Lee entered politics when he was elected mayor of Seongnam, a satellite city of Seoul, in 2010. He worked in a factory to take night classes and become a lawyer specializing in human rights.