Slovakia Prime Minister SHOT: Pro-Putin leader Robert Fico hit in stomach in ‘assassination attempt’

Slovakia Prime Minister SHOT: Pro-Putin leader Robert Fico hit in stomach in ‘assassination attempt’
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SLOVAKIA’S pro-Putin prime minister Robert Fico has been shot in the stomach in a suspected assassination attempt.

The politician, 59, has been rushed to hospital after he was attacked leaving a government meeting.

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Slovakian PM Robert Fico has been shot[/caption]

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The moment Fico was bundled into a car after he was shot in the stomach[/caption]

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His security guards quickly scrambled to his aid[/caption]

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A possible suspect is detained at the scene in Handlova[/caption]

The alleged assassination attempt took place in the town of Handlova, some 100 miles northeast of the capital Bratislava.

Four shots were fired – with one hitting populist leader Fico in the abdomen.

The incident took place in front of the local House of Culture, where the PM had come to meet with supporters.

The suspected assassin was then filmed being overpowered and detained by security forces and bystanders.

Another video showed Fico being bungled into a car, flanked by his bodyguards, and driven away at speed.

Fico’s condition is not yet known.

President Zuzana Caputova condemned a “brutal and ruthless” attack on the premier.

“I am shocked. I wish Robert Fico a lot of strength in this critical moment to recover from the attack,” she said.

Fico returned to power in Slovakia last September at the head of a populist-nationalist coalition.

His first few months as prime minister have proved controversial.

In January he halted military aid to Ukraine, insisting life in Kyiv was “absolutely normal” and there was no war.

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He asked: “You seriously think there is war in Kyiv? You are joking, please, I hope you are not being serious.

“Go there and you will find out there is normal life in the city, absolutely normal life.”

His campaign call of “Not a single round” for Ukraine appealed to voters in the Nato nation of 5.5million where only a minority believe Russia is at fault for the Ukraine war.

During a three-decade career, Fico has weaved between pro-European mainstream to nationalistic anti-Nato and anti-American positions.

Yet, for the last few years he has embraced a more extreme position, appealing to a growing anti-western and pro-Russian sentiment in his country.

Pro-Russian Fico, who analysts see inspired by Hungary’s Viktor Orban, has said he has Slovak interests at heart and wants the war to end.

Western allies and Ukraine say halting military aid to Kyiv would only help Russia.

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The moment the alleged suspect was overpowered by police[/caption]

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Bystanders and security guards wrestled the man to the ground[/caption]

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