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Slovakia PM Robert Fico not in life-threatening condition – deputy PM

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Slovakia’s prime minister was airlifted to a hospital in Banska Bystrica and underwent several hours of surgery

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is no longer in a life-threatening condition after being shot several times, the deputy prime minister has said.

Tomas Taraba told the BBC Mr Fico’s surgery had gone “well” and “I guess that at the end he will survive”.

On Wednesday, Mr Fico was shot five times and seriously injured in what has been called a politically motivated assassination attempt.

A suspect was detained at the scene, in the small town of Handlova.

Following the shooting, Mr Fico was rushed to hospital and spent several hours in surgery “fighting for his life”, according to Defence Minister Robert Kalinak, who spoke at a news conference from outside the hospital where Mr Fico was being treated on Wednesday.

There has been no official update on the prime minister’s condition since then, but his second-in-command has since told the BBC’s Newshour programme that Mr Fico was “not in [a] life-threatening situation at this moment”.

“As far as I know, the operation went well and I guess that at the end he will survive,” Mr Taraba said.

Mr Taraba added that the prime minister was shot “from very close” and that “one bullet went through the stomach and the second one hit the joint”. (BBC)

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