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Argentina’s Vice President escapes assasination attempt

Protesters outside the home of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner: Photo BBC

Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has escaped an assassination attempt, unharmed on Thursday after a man fired a loaded gun at her that failed to go off inches from her head.

According to Reuters, the incident happened as Fernandez de Kirchner stepped out of a car outside her Buenos Aires home, where hundreds of supporters had gathered.

President Alberto Fernandez said the gun had been loaded with five bullets.

“This is the most serious event we have gone through since Argentina returned to democracy,” he said in a televised address, referring to the 1983 end of military rule.

“A man pointed a firearm at her head and pulled the trigger. Cristina is still alive because, for some reason yet to be confirmed, the gun … did not fire, He said.”

Security Minister Anibal Fernandez said the suspect, a 35-year-old man of Brazilian origin, has been arrested.

Suspect pointing the gun at the vice president of Argentina: photo by Kossy Derrickent

Fernandez de Kirchner who has been in government between 2007 and 2015 is on trial for corruption linked to public contracts awarded in the early 2000s.

She could face a 12-year sentence and possible disqualification from public office if convicted on the charges, which she denies.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu