Slovak PM Fico to face second surgery after assassination attempt

Slovak Defense Minister Robert Kaliňák tells journalists about Fico's condition outside the clinic in Banská Bystrica, where the politician was hospitalized
Slovak Defense Minister Robert Kaliňák tells journalists about Fico's condition outside the clinic in Banská Bystrica, where the politician was hospitalized

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who survived an assassination attempt on May 15, is to undergo another surgery, local news outlet Pravda reports, citing sources.

The Slovak politician will undergo surgery on his hip joint.

The prime minister had bleeding in the abdomen, which was stopped. The blood thinners Fico is taking may, however, cause problems in further treatment, Pravda writes.

Fico sustained gunshot wounds to the abdomen and arm, according to the news outlet Plus ONE DAY. His condition is very serious, but his life is not in danger.

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.

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REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

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

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REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

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.

Read also: Slovak PM Robert Fico in stable but serious condition, hospital statement confirms

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

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REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

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

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REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

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

<span class="copyright">REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa</span>
REUTERS/Radovan Stoklasa

The government confirmed that Fico was shot five times, apparently in the limbs, chest, and stomach.

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

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

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