Robert Fico shooting: what we know so far – The Guardian

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  • Šutaj-Eštok described the incident as “the saddest moment in the 31 years of history of Slovakia … An attack on the prime minister is an attack on democracy. It is an attack on the state itself.”

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  • Šutaj-Eštok also said officials will do everything possible to make sure that the people of Slovakia are safe. He appealed for calm, adding: “We can’t respond to hate with hate.”

  • Fico had been conscious while being transported to the hospital and he is being treated for bullet wounds, according to a hospital spokesperson.

  • The suspect is a 71-year-old man, according to local media reports. Slovak news media reported the shooter was a former security guard at a shopping mall.

  • Global leaders including Joe Biden, Ursula von der Leyen and Vladimir Putin condemned the attack on Fico. The US president said he was “alarmed” by the attack. Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, a close ally, said he was “deeply shocked by the heinous attack against my friend”. Von der Leyen said: “I strongly condemn the vile attack on Prime Minister Robert Fico.” UK prime minister Rishi Sunak said his “thoughts are with Prime Minister Fico and his family”.

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