Argentina Cristina Fernandez

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 during an event in front of her home in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. Television Publica Argentina via AP

Argentina has detained a man who was filmed threatening Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner with an apparent firearm on Thursday evening.

Security Minister Aníbal Fernández said that a man had been taken into custody after pointing a weapon at the vice president’s head. No shots appeared to have been fired. “I don’t know if this was an attempt against her life; I can’t tell until the gun is” examined, he told a television network.

Kirchner is unharmed and being guarded by federal law enforcement, Fernández said. The incident occurred near Kirchner’s residence, where dozens had gathered to support the vice president, who is facing trial on corruption charges. Kirchner was president of Argentina from 2007 through 2015, and First Lady from 2003 to 2007.

“This very serious fact requires immediate and profound clarification by the justice system and the security forces,” Former president of Argentina Mauricio Macri wrote on Twitter after the attack.

In a video of the episode, a man points the gun inches away from the Vice President’s face, and a click is heard.

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