Former Spanish political leader shot in the face in Madrid

The 78-year-old was attacked in the centre of the capital city on Thursday afternoon.

Former Spanish political leader shot in the face in Madrid
Alejo Vidal-Quadras has been shot in Madrid, Spain (Picture: AP)
Alejo Vidal-Quadras has been shot in Madrid, Spain (Picture: AP)

A former Spanish political leader has been shot in the face in Madrid.

Alejo Vidal-Quadras was attacked in the centre of the capital city in the wealthy Salamanca area at around 1.30pm on Thursday.

Emergency services rushed to the 78-year-old’s aid in Núñez de Balboa street following the shocking incident.

A Civil Protection spokesperson said Mr Vidal-Quadras was conscious and has been rushed to the nearby Gregorio Marañón hospital.

Police are now hunting for two people who fled the scene on a motorbike, including the shooter who was wearing a black helmet.

Mr Vidal-Quadras was previously the head of the Popular Party of Catalonia from December 1991 until September 1996.

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