Brazil's right-wing presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro has undergone emergency surgery after he was stabbed in the stomach during a campaign event.
At the moment of the attack, Mr. Bolsonaro was on the shoulders of a supporter, looking out at the crowd and giving a thumbs up with his left hand. His son Flavio Bolsonaro, now running for a senate seat, posted on Twitter that his father, also confirmed that the attacker failed to significantly hurt his father. Analysts said Thursday's attack may potentially give his candidacy a fresh momentum.
Police spokesman Flavio Santiago confirmed to The Associated Press that Bolsonaro had been stabbed and that his attacker was arrested.More news: Is Trump's rewrite of NAFTA hurting a partnership?
Jair Bolsonaro was removed from the scene by supporters and taken to Santal Casa Hospital in Juiz de Fora, according to state-run Agencia Brasil.
Brazil's upcoming presidential election on October 7 is set to be one of the most unpredictable votes in the country's history, with one third of voters undecided. "I hope prayers for us will intensify!" He said if he could, he would lynch the suspect police have in custody. The newspaper notes that security guards escorted him out of the crowd to receive medical attention and that Bolsonaro was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time.
Bolsonaro, a far-right candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL), is second in the polls to jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is barred from participating but will appeal to the Supreme Court.More news: Cory Booker releases confidential documents on Kavanaugh
Despite being a congressman since 1991, Bolsonaro is running as an outsider ready to upend the establishment. Other presidential candidates were quick to condemn the attack.
While Mr. Bolsonaro has a strong following, he is also a deeply polarising figure. In an article previous year calling him "Brazil's Donald Trump", The Economistdescribed Bolsonaro as a "religious nationalist and former army captain, he is anti-gay, pro-gun, and an apologist for dictators who tortured and killed Brazilians between 1964 and 1985".
Fernando Haddad, who is expected to take Mr. da Silva's place on the Workers' Party ticket, called the attack "absurd and regrettable".More news: Osaka powers into U.S. Open semis by routing Tsurenko
"Politics is done through dialogue and by convincing, never with hate", tweeted Geraldo Alckmin, former governor of Sao Paulo who has focused negative ads on Mr. Bolsonaro.