Pro-Russian Slovak PM in life-threatening condition after being shot

Fico is in a life-threatening condition and has been transported to hospital by helicopter. The suspect, 71, was detained on the spot.

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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico attends a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (not in the picture) in Budapest, Hungary, on Jan. 16, 2024. (Photo by Attila Volgyi/Xinhua)

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is in a life-threatening condition after being shot in Handlova, Slovakia’s Trencin region, a post from his social media said Wednesday.

Fico is being transported by helicopter to a hospital in Banska Bystrica, as the flight to the capital would take a longer time.

The suspect, who was detained on the spot, is reported to be a 71-year-old man.

The Slovak news agency TASR cited the parliament’s vice-chairman Lubos Blaha as saying that the incident happened during a parliamentary session. The meeting has been adjourned until further notice.

The incident took place in the town of Handlova, some 150 km northeast of the capital, according to the news television station TA3. Police has sealed off the area in front of the Culture House in Handlova.

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