Sep 02, 2022

Gun jams during bid to kill Argentina vice-president

Argentina's vice-president has narrowly avoided assassination after a gunman's weapon jammed as he aimed at her.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was greeting supporters outside her home when a man emerged from the crowd and pointed a handgun in her face.

President Alberto Fernandez said the gun was loaded with five bullets but failed to fire when triggered.

Ms Fernández de Kirchner is involved in a corruption trial and was returning from court. She denies the charges.

Police said the gunman, who local media identified as a 35-year-old Brazilian man, has been taken into custody. They are attempting to establish a motive for the attack.

Addressing the nation late on Thursday night, Mr Fernandez said: "Cristina remains alive because, for a reason not yet technically confirmed, the gun, which contained five bullets, did not fire."

(BBC News)

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