South Korean diplomat punched on New York City street by random attacker

A South Korean diplomat was punched on a New York City street Wednesday night by a random attacker who fled the scene, officials said.

The 53-year-old diplomat was walking with a friend at 8:10pm, according to the New York City Police Department.

The attacker didn’t say anything while punching the Korean official, who suffered a broken nose, police said. The victim even showed his South Korean diplomatic ID to the attacker, who fled later.

The assault happened on the edge of Manhattan’s Koreatown and about a mile southwest of United Nations headquarters.

There was no arrest as of Thursday morning, and a motive wasn’t immediately clear, a police spokesman said.

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