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Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico, center, speaks to people in Handlova, Slovakia shortly before he was shot and seriously wounded on Wednesday. Photo: Radovan Stoklasa TASR / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 17.05.2024 02:39:30

Policy: On Wednesday, Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot in the open street after a government meeting in Handlova. His condition is stable but serious, according to Deputy Prime Minister Robert Kalinak.

The bodyguard service in the Police Security Service (PST) protects Norwegian government officials, members of the Storting and the Supreme Court. They assess the threat picture to determine which security measures are necessary. The incident in Slovakia does not affect this work, says PST to Dagsavisen.

– The incident does not have a direct impact on PST’s assessment of the threat picture in Norway, but all information that PST has access to is part of PST’s ongoing assessment of the threat picture against Norwegian government officials, says Trond Hugubakken, communications director at PST to the newspaper.

He further says that the current threat picture does not give reason to believe that Norwegian politicians, members of the royal family or other government officials could be exposed to assassination attempts or serious acts of violence.

– PST considers it unlikely that government officials in Norway will be affected by serious acts of violence in 2024, but we expect that they will be exposed to threats and incitement, says Hugubakken.

– The largest proportion of threats against government officials in Norway will come from personally motivated threat actors, who in many cases have mental disorders and/or are under the influence of drugs, says Hugubakken.

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