Slovak Prime Minister seriously injured by bullets

Slovak Prime Minister seriously injured by bullets
Slovak Prime Minister seriously injured by bullets

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot several times and hospitalized after a cabinet meeting in Handlova, central Slovakia, local media reported.

He is “between life and death”, according to the government of this Central European country, after having been shot “several times”, indicates his official Facebook page. “He is currently being transported by helicopter to Banska Bystrica,” the government said in a statement, calling the attack an “assassination attempt.”

The newspaper “Dennik N”, whose reporter saw the head of government taken away in a car by bodyguards, claimed that the alleged shooter had been apprehended by the police. A video published on X shows the attacker supposedly being subdued.

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová said she was shocked by the “brutal” attack.

The German Federal Minister of Defense and President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, condemns the “despicable attack”. “Such acts of violence have no place in our society and undermine democracy, our most precious common good. My thoughts are with Prime Minister Fico and his family,” the German official wrote on X.

The German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, denounces a “cowardly attack”. “Violence can have no place in European politics. In these hours, my thoughts are with Robert Fico, the family and the Slovak citizens,” he added on the social network X.

Hungarian Prime Minister Orban said he was “deeply shocked by the heinous attack”.

The head of the Italian government, Giorgia Meloni, “strongly condemned” the “vile attack”. Giorgia Meloni expressed in a press release “the strongest condemnation of all forms of violence and attack on the basic principles of democracy and freedom”.

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