Assassination of the Prime Minister of Slovakia, the source claims: Fico left the operating room, his condition is stable

Fico was in surgery for more than four hours

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The hospital where Fico is located, Photo: Reuters
The hospital where Fico is located, Photo: Reuters
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Ažurirano: 15.05.2024. 22:49h

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has left the operating room, a source told the Slovak media Aktuality, and his condition is described as stable, reports the British Guardian.

Deputy Prime Minister Tomas Taraba said earlier that he believed that Fico would survive.

Taraba told the BBC that he believed he would survive and that his life was no longer in danger.

He also criticized opposition parties, accusing them of using "false narratives" and of "painting" Fitz as "almost a monster", comments he said were undemocratic.

"I was very shocked ... fortunately, as far as I know, the operation went well - and I imagine he will survive in the end ... it's not life-threatening at the moment," he said.

He further said that the shooting was carried out "at close range" by an elderly man.

"He was seriously injured - one bullet went to the stomach and the other to the wrist - he was immediately taken to the hospital and then to surgery," said Taraba.

Fico was wounded earlier today after the cabinet meeting, the TASR news agency reported, Reuters reports.

Slovak Defense Minister Robert Kalinak previously described Fitz's condition as "extremely serious". He said that the Slovak prime minister is still undergoing surgery.

Slovak Interior Minister Matuš Šutaj Eštok said earlier that Fico is in a critical condition and that his life is in danger.

He added that the attacker shot five times at the Slovak prime minister, and that he suspected that he had political motives.

"For the first time in the 31 years of our democratic sovereign republic, it happened that someone decided to express their political opinion not in elections, but with weapons," Šutaj-Eštok wrote on Facebook.

Fico was in surgery for more than four hours, Kalinak and Šutaj Eštok said, adding that there is a "huge medical team that is trying to reverse the consequences of this assassination."

Slovak television station TV JOJ stated that the police are interrogating the suspect's wife.

Fitz's cabinet announced earlier today that the Slovak prime minister's life is in danger.

The reputable Slovak media Aktualiti reported that Fico had three wounds: he was shot twice in the arm and once in the abdomen.

The President of Slovakia Zuzana Čaputova confirmed, in a post on the social network X, that the police arrested the suspect for the assassination of Fico.

The police identified 71-year-old JC from Levice, who shot Fico with a gun, which he legally owned.

The attacker was taken into custody by the police immediately after the attack, and Slovakian media reports that he shouted "Robo, come here!" before he shot.

The attacker is a former security guard, and according to Slovakian media, he is also a writer of poetry.

He has published three collections of poetry and is a member of the Slovak Association of Writers.

In a statement to Aktualiti, the son of the attacker said that he "has no idea" what his father was doing and planning.

An official from Fico's SMER party confirmed to the British Guardian that Fico had been shot in the abdomen and was undergoing surgery.

The Prime Minister of Slovakia was transported to the hospital in Banjsaj Bistrica, because it would take too long to get to Bratislava, according to a post on Fico's Facebook page.

Fitz is brought to the hospital
Fitz is brought to the hospitalphoto: Printscreen / Youtube

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Fico was in a conscious state when he was brought to the hospital in the town of Handlovi. His wounds were treated, and he was then transported to a "higher level" facility.

The spokeswoman of the hospital in Handlova announced that Fico's vital functions have been stabilized.

TASR quoted Slovakian parliament deputy speaker Luboš Blaha as saying that Fico was shot and injured.

Forensics at the scene of the shooting
Forensics at the scene of the shootingphoto: Reuters

The spokesman of the Slovak Interior Minister announced that he could confirm that Fico was assassinated.

He did not say what condition Fico is in.

According to Reuters, four shots were fired at Fitz, and one hit him in the abdomen.

Suspect arrested in connection with shooting
Suspect arrested in connection with shootingphoto: Reuters

One person suspected of being connected to the shooting was arrested.

A Reuters witness said he heard several shots and saw a man being taken into custody by the police.

He added that he saw security officers pushing someone into a car and leaving.

Robert Fico
photo: Reuters

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputova condemned the attack on Fico, calling it brutal.

The President of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, condemned the attack on Fitz.

British leader Rishi Sunak, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, as well as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the assassination of Fitz.

The Slovak opposition canceled the rally that was scheduled for today.

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