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American woman attacked in Myeong-dong: report

Yonhap reports that an American woman in her 40s, an employee of the US embassy in Japan in Korea as a tourist, was attacked by an unknown assailant in the shopping district of Myeong-dong.

According to police, the attack took place at 8pm Tuesday. The assailant, a man who appears to be in his 20s and wearing a black hat at the time, stabbed the woman three times in the stomach region and fled, but not before dropping the knife, which was knocked out of his hand by an umbrella wielded by a person the victim was with.

The woman was wearing a long scarf covering her stomach region, so she was not injured in the attack.

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  • iMe

    WTF?

  • Billy

    What kind of scarf was she wearing that could block a knife attack? Ballistic Wool? Winter kevlar? Glad to hear the lady is alright!

  • PeterDownUnder

    Saw the story on last nights korean news. Blame rapid industrialisation on the rise of psychos in Korea lol.

    Wow at the scarf saving her, either the knife was really short and the guy can’t thrust or that must have been one well knitted piece of fibre.

    And fucking american way of spelling thats giving my aussie words red squiggly lines under as i write this.

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    PeterDownUnder (#3) wrote:

    “And fucking american way of spelling thats giving my aussie words red squiggly lines under as i write this.”

    No wonder, either! You’ve capitalized the initial conjunction and even used punctuation at the end of your sentence!

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • numberoneoppa

    “What kind of scarf was she wearing that could block a knife attack? Ballistic Wool? Winter kevlar? Glad to hear the lady is alright!”

    My thoughts exactly. Guess I’ll have to wear a scarf next time I traverse the mean streets of Seoul. /facepalm.

  • Hamilton

    Probably the limp wrist behind the knife vice the magic scarf saving the day. He dropped it when her friend hit him with an umbrella, I have visions of Hello Kitty.

  • bumfromkorea

    If the attacker is really shitty with his knife (and contrary to what many would think, stabbing someone is a very difficult feat), and the ‘scarf’ is more of a muffler than a thin cloth worn around your neck for fashion, then it would make more sense…

  • http://adamsawry.wordpress.com Adams-awry

    Dude! Scarf is a euphemism. Obviously. You have to learn to read between the lines.

    Okay children, what did we learn at the beginning of the story? That’s right! This was an American woman. And in her 40s no less. Still don’t see it?

    Ok then. Think massive layers of adipose tissue…

  • Maximus2008

    Are we that much insensitive that we focus on the type of knife/scarf and tactics of the attack instead of the fact itself?

  • http://adamsawry.wordpress.com Adams-awry

    Obviously we are.

  • bibimbong

    sounds like spy shit. kevlar scarf, max smart umbrella. then again if it were would the embassy release the story? spies, what’s the protocol here?

  • R. Elgin

    This sounds like pure North Korean tomfoolery.

  • http://koreanamerican431.blogspot.com/ baduk

    1.Godfather-ordered hit?
    2.International espionage?
    3.Lovers?

    This is Japan-US-Korea story, with official tone due to her being an embassy worker.

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