Sunday, May 19

Slovakia Prime Minister Robert Fico injured in shooting

A suspect has been taken into custody Wednesday after Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico was injured in a shooting, reports say.

The shooting happened in Handlova, about 90 miles northeast of the capital of Bratislava.

“Utterly shocked by today’s brutal attack on Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico, which I condemn in strongest possible terms,” Slovakia President Zuzana Čaputová wrote on X.

“I wish him [a] lot of strength in this critical moment and early recovery. My thoughts are also with his family and close ones,” she added.

Deputy speaker of parliament Lubos Blaha confirmed the incident during a session of Parliament and adjourned it until further notice, the Slovak TASR news agency said.

The incident took place in front of the local House of Culture, where Fico came to meet with supporters. Police sealed off the scene.

Images taken from the area showed a male individual being detained by authorities and Fico being rushed into a vehicle.

The motive for the shooting is unclear.

The Government Office of the Slovak Republic did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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