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German diplomat detained in South Korea in dog bite incident

May 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM

SEOUL, May 16 (UPI) -- The German Foreign Ministry confirmed a dog belonging to one of Germany's diplomats bit the wife of a South Korean business leader.

The ministry confirmed the diplomat's dachshund bit the 72-year-old woman, identified only as Mrs. Lee, during a walk at Namsan Park in Seoul, The Local.de reported Thursday.

The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo said the diplomat had been detained and released by police on allegations of assault for allegedly kicking and pushing Lee's adult son when he tried to fend off the canine.

"The German embassy in Seoul is in contact with all involved parties in order to find a constructive solution," a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

Mrs. Lee was reported to have sustained minor injuries in the incident.

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