Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right candidate in Brazil’s upcoming presidential election, was stabbed during a campaign rally in the southern city of Juiz de Fora on Thursday.
The attack was caught on video and shared on social media. The politician survived but was seriously injured and underwent surgery. Bolsonaro was being led through a crowd in Juiz de Fora city, in the southern state of Minas Gerais, when the attacker stabbed him from the front.
As the suspect attempted to escape through the crowd, he was caught and received the beating of his life before they headed him to the Police. While the politician was rushed to a hospital where he underwent a surgery after he was seriously injured.
In a press conference at the hospital, a surgeon said Bolsonaro suffered injuries to an abdominal vein, the colon and the large intestine. The operation was successful and the candidate was stable, but in a serious condition, he added.
Police spokesman Flavio Santiago told the Associated Press (AP) that the attacker had been arrested and was identified as Adelio Bispo de Oliveira. Santiago said the suspect was badly beaten by Bolsonaro supporters after the stabbing.