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Alejo Vidal-Quadras, the former leader of Spain’s People’s Party in Catalonia, was wounded by an assassin in Madrid on Thursday.
The incident occurred in the Salamanca district, a posh area of the city, and the authorities have confirmed that his injuries are not life-threatening.
The assailants, who approached on a black Yamaha motorcycle, shot Vidal-Quadras in the jaw and fled the scene; a burned motorcycle believed to be connected to the crime was found later, but no arrests have been reported.
Vidal-Quadras, a prominent political figure in Spain, had roles as a founder of the far-right Vox party and served as a Vice-President of the European Parliament. The motives behind the attack remain unclear, with investigations ongoing.
Video reportedly showing Vidal-Quadras after the attack.
Concern and calls for justice have been issued by Spanish political leaders, including the PP’s Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Vox’s Santiago Abascal, as well as Spain’s Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who took to social media to extend his support to Vidal-Quadras and his family.
Internationally, Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni decried the violence, labeling it a “cowardly attack.”