Slovak prime minister critical after assassination attempt

Received four bullets on way back residence from office, shifted to major hospital.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico suffered life-threatening injuries when he was shot and wounded in an attempted assassination on Wednesday, the government office said.

Fico, 59, was shot and hit in the abdomen.

A reporter from the Dennik N daily saw the premier being lifted into a car by security guards and reported that police had detained the suspected gunman.

“We confirm the attack on the prime minister,” police spokesman Matej Neumann said.

Reuters witness heard several shots fired after the meeting in Handlova northeast of the capital Bratislava. Police detained a man and security officials pushed someone into a car and drove off, the witness said.

Similarly, broadcaster TA3 reported that four shots were fired and that the leftist prime minister had been hit in the abdomen.

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