Czech President shot at with replica gun

A man armed with a replica pistol has fired at Czech President Vaclav Klaus at close range while he was opening a bridge in the north of the country.

Footage of the incident from Czech television show Mr Klaus recoiling slightly but carrying on with the visit apparently unhurt.

Mr Klaus was taken to hospital but suffered only minor bruising.

His security detail has come in for harsh criticism for allowing the man to get so close to Mr Klaus.

It’s also unclear why Mr Klaus’ bodyguards failed to react when a gun was pulled on him, the BBC’s Rob Cameron reports from Prague.

Mr Klaus himself rebuked them for failing to handle the situation well, according the Nova TV station.

He later said the incident happened so quickly he did not have time to be afraid, our correspondent adds.

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