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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico shot and gravely injured

Slovakia's prime minister, Robert Fico, was shot and seriously injured Wednesday - a shocking act of violence that left the populist leader "fighting for his life" and his country reeling.

In an evening news conference at the hospital, Defense Minister Robert Kalinak said Fico had "multiple injuries" and had been in surgery for hours.

"His condition is very complicated," Kalinak said.

Officials said a suspect was in custody. The shooter's motive remained unclear. But uncertainty about whether Fico would make it, and finger-pointing by politicians, heightened tensions in an already politically polarized nation.


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