Slovak prime minister in life-threatening condition, government office says

Rescue workers take Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who was shot and injured, to a hospital in the town of Banska Bystrica, central Slovakia, May 15, 2024. (Jan Kroslak/TASR via AP)
Rescue workers take Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who was shot and injured, to a hospital in the town of Banska Bystrica, central Slovakia, May 15, 2024. (Jan Kroslak/TASR via AP)

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is suffering from life-threatening injuries after he was shot and wounded in an attempted assassination earlier today, Slovakia’s government office says.

Fico, 59, was initially rushed to the hospital in the central city of Handlova after holding a government meeting there, and is being transported by helicopter to the city of Banska Bystrica for urgent treatment, it says.

“An assassination [attempt] on Prime Minister Robert Fico was carried out today at the government’s off-site meeting in Handlova,” the government office says. in a statement.

“At the moment he is being transported by helicopter to Banska Bystrica, because it would take too long to Bratislava in view of the necessity of an acute intervention.”

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