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Slovakian Prime Minister shot and injured outside Culture Ministry after cabinet meeting


The PM has been taken to hospital (Picture: Reuters)

The PM has been taken to hospital (Picture: Reuters)

The Slovakian Prime Minister has been injured in a shooting outside of the country’s culture ministry.

PM Robert Fico was taken to hospital, according to reports, after being shot in the town of Handlova, northeast of capital Bratislava.

A suspect has been detained, according to local news television station TA3.

He is believed to have been shot while meeting people nearby, with a reporter from Dennikn.sk saying he heard several shots before seeing the prime minister being carried away by security guards.

He was then loaded into a car and driven away in the chaotic scene.

A large cordon has been put in place around the area of the shooting and the Ministry of Culture was evacuated.

A man was seen detained on the ground (Picture: Reuters)

He was seen being rushed away in a black car (Picture: Reuters)

Other members of the government were taken to safety.

Fico previously served as the PM of Slovakia between 2006 to 2010, and from 2012 to 2018.

He’s a part of the Direction – Social Democracy party, which he founded in 1999.

Since returning to power last September, Fico formed a Eurosceptic three-party coalition which has sought close ties with the Kremlin, and has repeatedly pressured Ukraine to sign a peace treaty with Russia, causing friction amongst its allies in Nato.

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