STORY: :: Slovakia's prime minister was shot in an attempted

assassination, government officials say

:: Handlova, Slovakia

:: Robert Fico suffered life-threatening injuries and was

transported to hospital by helicopter for urgent treatment

:: May 15, 2024

Fico, 59, was rushed to hospital in the central city of Handlova after holding a government meeting there, and was being transported by helicopter to the city of Banska Bystrica for urgent treatment, it said.

A Reuters witness heard several shots fired after the meeting in Handlova northeast of the capital Bratislava. Police detained a man and security officials pushed someone into a car and drove off, the witness said.

"An assassination (attempt) on Prime Minister Robert Fico was carried out today at the government's off-site meeting in Handlova," the government office said in a statement.