71-year-old man who carried out assassination attempt on Slovak PM may belong to pro-Russian paramilitary group

Police detained the man who shot Robert Fico
Police detained the man who shot Robert Fico

71-year-old Juraj Cintula, who, according to media reports, shot Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, may have ties to pro-Russian paramilitary group Slovenskí Branci, stated investigative journalist Sabolc Paní on X on May 15.

Paní published two screenshots of posts from Slovenskí Branci Facebook page, which depict same man who allegedly tried to kill Fico.

<span class="copyright">Szabolcs Panyi / X</span>
Szabolcs Panyi / X
<span class="copyright">Szabolcs Panyi / X</span>
Szabolcs Panyi / X

According to Vsquare journalists, Slovenskí Branci is an unregistered paramilitary group that has been operating in Slovakia since 2012. Slovenskí Branci is also linked to Night Wolves, a pro-Putin biker gang, investigators say.

The attack on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico

Slovak PM, Fico, was shot near the building of the Slovak parliament on the afternoon of May 15.

Slovak media reported that Fico approached people in the street, after which several shots were fired and the politician fell to the ground.

A Denník N reporter saw the prime minister being lifted off the ground by security guards, transferred to a car and driven away.

Read also: Shooting near Slovak Parliament: Prime Minister Fico injured in arm and abdomen - VIDEO

Plus one day reported that Fico is in serious condition, but his life is not in danger. According to the sources, Fico was shot 2-3 times, presumably in the limbs, chest and stomach. The publication specifies that up to 4-5 shots could have been fired.

A video of Juraj Cintula, who, according to media reports, shot Slovak PM several times, was posted on social media.

According to Slovak publications Dennik N and Refresher, shooter said that he disagreed with the policy of Slovak government.

Read also: Zelenskyy condemns attack on Slovak PM Fico, urges end to violence

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