Assassination attempt on Slovak PM Fico made for political reasons - Slovak Internal Affairs Ministry

The place of the attempt on Fico in Handlov
The place of the attempt on Fico in Handlov

The assassination attempt on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was made for political reasons, Slovak Internal Affairs Minister Matus Šutaj Eštok said, CNN reported.

He was speaking at a press conference held outside the Banská Bystrica hospital where the Prime Minister is undergoing treatment.

The assessment is based on "the first conversations with the suspect", Šutaj Eštok said.

"This attack was politically motivated and the suspect decided to do it shortly after the presidential election," he said.

Defense Minister Robert Kaliniak confirmed this version.

Read also: Slovakia’s PM Fico in critical condition after multiple gunshot wounds

The attack on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico

Fico was shot near a Slovak parliament building on the afternoon of May 15.

Fico approached people in the street, after which several shots were fired and the politician fell to the ground, Slovak media reported.

Read also: Shooting near Slovak Parliament: Prime Minister Fico injured in arm and abdomen - VIDEO

A Denník N reporter saw the prime minister being lifted off the ground by security guards, transferred to a car, and driven away.

Slovak law enforcement officers reportedly detained the alleged attacker and cordoned off the scene of the shooting.

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová confirmed that Fico had been shot.

"I strongly condemn today's brutal and ruthless attack on Prime Minister Robert Fico," she wrote on Facebook.

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

Read also: Zelenskyy condemns attack on Slovak PM Fico, urges end to violence

Fico is in serious condition, but his life is not in danger, news outlet Plus One Day reported.

Fico was reportedly shot 2-3 times, apparently in the limbs, chest, and stomach.

Up to 5 shots could have been fired.

Someone in the crowd was heard to shout "Robo, come here," before the shooting started, reports said.

We’re bringing the voice of Ukraine to the world. Support us with a one-time donation, or become a Patron!

Read the original article on The New Voice of Ukraine