New Delhi: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina’s vice president, narrowly escaped assassination after a loaded handgun pointed at point-blank range at her failed to fire at the last moment. The assailant, a 35-year-old Brazilian, was taken into custody by the authorities. He was identified as Fernando André Sabag Montiel. The vice president, however, does not appear to have suffered an injury. Gina De Bai, a witness who was near the vice president during the incident, recounted The Associated Press she heard “the sound of the trigger being pulled”. She said she didn’t realize it was a handgun until the man was rushed by security personnel.Read also – Shinzo Abe, Muammar Gaddafi and other political assassinations of this century
Meanwhile, a video of the incident is making the rounds on social media. In the clip, a man can be seen holding a gun inches from her head as she salutes her supporters. The Vice President ducks as people around the apparent shooter seem shocked at what is happening. Unverified video posted on social media shows the gun nearly hit Fernández’s face.
NOTE: India.com cannot verify the authenticity of the video
“THE MOST SERIOUS EVENT SINCE ARGENTINA’S RETURN TO DEMOCRACY”
The incident happened at 9 p.m. Thursday as the vice president greeted supporters outside her home in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires. “A man pointed a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. Cristina is still alive because, for some reason yet to be confirmed, the gun…did not fire,” President Alberto Fernandez said in a televised address.
“It is the most serious event we have gone through since Argentina’s return to democracy,” he added.
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