Wednesday, May 15, 2024

World leaders condemn shooting of Slovak PM Robert Fico

International reaction is pouring in after the Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot. He has been taken to hospital and his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

 Slovak PM Robert Fico was greeting people in front of a cultural community centre in the central town of Handlova in Slovkia when several shots were fired from a crowd, reports say.

Handlova is around 180km (112 miles) north-east of the capital Bratislava.

Local reports say he was airlifted by helicopter to a nearby hospital before he was later flown to another hospital in Banska Bystrica, east of Handlova.


  1. Slovakia Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot multiple times and rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries after a cabinet meeting, officials said, in an attack condemned by EU chiefs.

    Mr Fico, a populist leader accused of being Kremlin-friendly, has been prime minister since last year.

    "Today, after the government meeting in Handlova, there was an assassination attempt on the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, Robert Fico," the government said in a post on social media.

  2. The attacker who attempted to assassinate Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico used a legally registered short-barreled weapon to shoot, the Dennik N news agency reported on Wednesday.
    Earlier in the day, media reported that Fico was taken to an ICU unit in a hospital after an assassination attempt that took place at a venue of the government’s field meeting.
    The shooter is a man born in 1953, the newspaper added.

  3. According to unofficial information, the shooter is a writer, a supporter of the opposition party Progressive Slovakia, Juraj Cintula (born in 1953). His photo were published in social networks.


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