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Slovak PM Fico undergoes 2nd surgery, still in serious condition following assassination attempt

by Nate Ostiller and The Kyiv Independent news desk May 17, 2024 7:08 PM 1 min read
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico during an interview in Bratislava, Slovakia, on April 25, 2023. (Michaela Nagyidaiova/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico underwent a second surgery and is in stable but serious condition following an assassination attempt, Slovak media reported on May 17.

Fico was shot on May 15 in the town of Handlova. A 71-year-old man, identified as Juraj C. was arrested at the scene.

Interior Minister Matus Sutaj Estok described it as a "politically motivated" assassination attempt.

Authorities said on May 17 that Fico has had two surgeries and his condition has stabilized. At the same time, the Dennik N media outlet reported that none of the doctors personally attending to Fico have spoken publicly.

Slovak PM shooting – everything we know so far about the assassination attempt on Robert Fico
Slovak Deputy Prime Minister Tomas Taraba said that Fico “was heavily injured” during the attack and one bullet “went through the stomach” while another “hit the joints.”
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