Argentine VP Kirchner survives assassination attempt

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This still image taken from a video provided by Television Publica Argentina shows a man pointing a gun at Argentina's Vice President Cristina Fernandez in front of her home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 1, 2022.
Television Publica Argentina via APThis still image taken from a video provided by Television Publica Argentina shows a man pointing a gun at Argentina's Vice President Cristina Fernandez in front of her home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 1, 2022.

The assailant's gun jammed as he pulled the trigger

A man was arrested in Argentina on Thursday for pointing a gun at Vice President Cristina Kirchner, security minister Anibal Fernandez said.

Several television channels broadcast footage of the man aiming a gun at the vice president's head from close range as she was getting out of the car that was taking her home in Buenos Aires.

Fernandez said police would open an investigation. 

"Now, the situation has to be analyzed by our scientific people to evaluate the fingerprints and the capacity and propensity this person had," he said

The gun did not go off as the man, who approached Kirchner camouflaged as part of a crowd of supporters, pointed the weapon in her face and pulled the trigger twice. 

Kirchner said the firearm had five bullets “and didn’t fire even though the trigger was pulled.”

Another weapon was found stashed near the scene. 

The would-be-assassin, named by authorities as 35-year-old Brazilian national Fernando Andrés Sabag Montiel, was detained seconds into the incident.

There was no indication that the vice president, who is currently on trial over graft allegations, suffered any harm. 

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