Slovak Prime Minister Fico released from hospital, media reports

FILE PHOTO: Slovak PM Robert Fico visits Berlin

(Reuters) -Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was released from a hospital in the central city of Banska Bystrica, where he had been recovering from an assassination attempt, and taken to his apartment in Bratislava on Thursday, Slovak media reported.

The hospital and the government office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The hospital said earlier on Thursday Fico underwent further follow-up examinations, which confirmed the positive development of his health condition, and that he had started rehabilitation.

An attacker hit Fico with four bullets at short range when the prime minister greeted supporters at a government meeting in the central Slovak town of Handlova on May 15.

Fico, 59, was hit in the abdomen and was taken to a hospital in Banska Bystrica in serious condition. He immediately underwent a more than five hour operation and another one two days later.

The attacker, identified as 71-year old Juraj C. was detained on the spot and charged with attempted premeditated murder.

(Reporting by Jan Lopatka in Prague; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Nick Zieminski)