Slovak PM Robert Fico shot multiple times

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Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico has been shot and wounded on Wednesday in the town of Handlova. Multiple shots were fired at the politician as he greeted the public after a government meeting.

Local media describe his condition as “serious” and “life threatening.” A post on Fico’s Facebook page has warned that the “next few hours will be critical.”

The prime minister has been transported to a hospital in Banska Bystrica, a small city in the center of the country, because it would have taken too long to reach Bratislava, the statement added. An official from Fico’s Smer party has told the media that the prime minister was shot in the abdomen and is now undergoing surgery.

The shooting took place as Fico shook hands with members of the public outside a government building. The suspected gunman was detained at the scene, according to state news agency TASR.

The suspected gunman – believed to be a 71 year old Slovakian, according to reports – was detained at the scene, the state news agency TASR has reported. Video footage purportedly shows officers pinning the attacker to the ground after the incident. 

President Zuzana Caputova condemned the “brutal and reckless” attack on Fico, and wished the PM “a lot of strength at this critical moment.” 

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Zelensky sent out a tweet condemning the attack, before the attack happened. Keep in mind, Fico stopped all military aid to Ukraine and called Ukraine a failed slave state, completely controlled by the US.