The populist prime minister of Slovakia, Robert Fico, was injured in a shooting Wednesday.

The country’s president confirmed the attack shortly after the news broke.

“Utterly shocked by today’s brutal and reckless attack on #Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico, which I condemn in strongest possible terms,” Zuzana Čaputová said in a message on X. “I wish him lot of strength in this critical moment and early recovery. My thoughts are also with his family and close ones,” she added.

Lubos Blaha, vice-chairman of the central European country’s parliament, said that Fico was shot and injured, according to Slovak news agency TASR.

A TASR reporter said that several shots were fired in the town of Handlova, about 110 miles northeast of the capital Bratislava.

Fico was greeting members of the public after a government meeting, the news agency reported.

A person is detained after shooting incident of Robert Fico in Handlova, Slovakia, on Wednesday.Radovan Stoklasa / Reuters

NBC News has not independently verified the reports.

Photos on news agencies showed a man appearing to be detained in Handlova.

Fico was elected in October last year as leader of the leftist Smer party, meaning direction, standing on a pro-Russian and anti-American populist platform.


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