Assassination attempt on Slovak PM

    Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is in hospital after being shot a number of times in an assassination attempt. He is now in a life-threatening condition, according to an update on his official social media account. His alleged assailant has been detained by the police. Local reports say he was hit in the abdomen, arm, and leg. Fico was wounded as he was leaving a government meeting in the central town of Handlova.

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    Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico has been injured in a shooting and taken to hospital.

    The incident is reported to have happened in the town of Handlova, around 180km northeast of Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, according to local news television station TA3.

    Slovak news agency TASR cited parliament’s vice-chairman Lubos Blaha as saying Fico was shot and injured.

    A suspect has reportedly been detained.

    A person is detained and security officers move Slovak PM Robert Fico in a car after a shooting incident, after a Slovak government meeting in Handlova, Slovakia, May 15, 2024. | Radovan Stoklasa

    Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico returned to power after elections last September. He leads a Smer-SSD party and won the vote last October with pledges to halt military aid to Ukraine, but denied being pro-Russian. “If Smer enters government, we will not send a single round of ammunition to Ukraine,” Fico told supporters during his campaign.


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