Slovakia's Fico Remembers Circumstances of Assassination Attempt, President-Elect Says

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BRATISLAVA (Sputnik) - Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico was shot on Wednesday after a government field-meeting in the city of Handlova located 190 kilometers northeast of Bratislava.
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico remembers the circumstances of the assassination attempt on him and is shocked by how quickly it unfolded, Slovak President-elect Peter Pellegrini said on Thursday.
"He remembers, he is shocked by how this happened, how quickly this happened," Pellegrini told Slovak broadcaster Ta3, adding that Fico was conscious when he was taken to a hospital and remembers how he was given first aid.
Earlier in the day, Pellegrini paid a brief visit to the prime minister and had a chance to speak to him for a few minutes. He said that Fico's condition remained "serious."
After Fico was shot, he was taken to a hospital and underwent a five-hour surgery. He remains in a stable but serious condition.
The shooter, Juraj Cintula, 71, was detained immediately following the attack and charged with attempting to commit a premeditated murder. The Slovak Interior Ministry said the attack was politically motivated as Cintula did not agree with the actions of the government, in particular, he was against stopping the supply of weapons to Ukraine.