Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was threatened by an armed person near her home in Buenos Aires, with a gunman seen pointing a firearm at the VP’s face before she was whisked away to safety. No shots were fired and the official was not injured.
The apparent attempt on Fernandez de Kirchner’s life was caught on camera by local news crews on Thursday night as the VP made her way through a bustling crowd near her residence, which had gathered to show support amid an ongoing corruption trial.
A hand wielding a pistol is briefly seen in front of Fernandez de Kirchner, who quickly ducks out of the way following what appears to be a loud click. Some reports suggested the weapon misfired, but it’s unclear from the footage whether the person actually tried to pull the trigger.
El video del arma contra @CFKArgentina pic.twitter.com/8j1xpMnPoe
— Lautaro Maislin (@LautaroMaislin) September 2, 2022
An individual was arrested on the spot and a firearm was found by police several meters away, according to local media reports, which claimed the attacker is a 35-year-old Brazilian national. Officials have yet to confirm details about the perpetrator, however.
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