Former Catalan politician, far-right party founder shot in face in Madrid

Former Catalan politician, far-right party founder shot in face in Madrid
Former Catalan politician, far-right party founder shot in face in Madrid

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Alejandro Vidas Quadras was shot in the wealthy Salamanca area of central Madrid at about 1.30 p.m. and taken to hospital. — Reuters pic

MADRID, Nov 9 — The former head of Spain’s People’s Party in the Catalonia region was shot in the face in Madrid today, police said.

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Alejo Vidal-Quadras was shot in the wealthy Salamanca area of central Madrid at about 1.30 p.m. and was still conscious when he was taken to hospital, a police spokesman said.

Spanish news agency EFE reported that police were hunting for a motorcyclist who was wearing a black helmet in connection with the shooting.

Vidal-Quadras, 78, was the head of the centre-right PP in Catalonia, and also a co-founder of Spain’s far-right Vox party and vice-president of the European Parliament between 1999 and 2014.

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Police have cordoned off the area where the shooting happened. No arrests have yet been made, police said.

The People’s Party leader Alberto Nunez Feijoo called for a thorough police investigation.

The leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, said he understood that Vidal-Quadras was “out of danger” in hospital. He said it was too early speculate about why Vidal-Quadras had been assaulted. — Reuters

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