Slovakia’s Prime Minister Fico in life-threatening condition after being shot multiple times

Robert Fico, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic 

© APA | Robert Fico, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic 

# 15 May 2024 18:47 (UTC +04:00)

Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot multiple times in an assassination attempt after a government meeting Wednesday and is in a life-threatening condition in hospital, APA reports citing CNN.

The shooting took place after an off-site government meeting in Handlova. Fico was first transported to a local hospital and then taken by helicopter to a major trauma center in Banska Bystrica, about 30 kilometers away.

“There was an assassination attempt on R. Fico. He was shot multiple times and is currently in a life-threatening condition. The next few hours will be decisive,” said a statement on Fico’s official Facebook page.

The official statement said the PM was taken there instead of the capital city of Bratislava because “an acute intervention” was necessary. Handlova is about two hours’ drive from the capital Bratislava.

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová condemned what she called a “brutal and reckless” attack on the 59-year-old politician. “I’m shocked. I wish Roberto Fico all the strength in this critical moment to recover from the attack,” Čaputová wrote on Facebook.

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