Slovakia prime minister shot, injured

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Slovakia prime minister shot, injured

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was wounded in a shooting and taken to a hospital Wednesday afternoon after a cabinet meeting in Handlova, according to local media.

The 59-year-old prime minister was hit once in the abdomen after four shots were fired outside Handlova’s House of Culture, where Fico was meeting with supporters, the reports said.

FILE – Slovak PM Robert Fico in Berlin, Germany, on Jan. 24, 2024.

Police have detained a suspect, according to TA3, a local media TV station.

A helicopter was sent for the leader, emergency services said.

The left-wing populist prime minister returned to power for the fourth time last year after his party won the parliamentary election on a pro-Russian, anti-American platform.

Slovak President Zuzana Caputova denounced the attack.

“I’m shocked,” she said. “I wish Robert Fico a lot of strength in this critical moment and a quick recovery from this attack.”

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on X: “Shocked to hear this awful news. All our thoughts are with Prime Minister Fico and his family.”

Some material in this report came from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.

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