Argentine vice president escapes attempted shooting

Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner narrowly escaped a shooting attempt when a gunman tried to fire at her from close range.

The incident occurred on Thursday as Fernandez de Kirchner was greeting supporters outside her home in Buenos Aires.

A man lunged forward, pointed a gun at her and pulled the trigger. The gun was reportedly loaded, but it jammed. She escaped unharmed.

Video footage shows the man extended his arm holding the firearm.

Another video shows the vice president ducking the moment the gun was pointed at her face.

Reuters news agency quotes local police as saying that the man, who is believed to be Brazilian, was detained near the scene.

Fernandez de Kirchner served as the country's president for eight years until 2015. She has been on trial for alleged involvement in corruption during that time.

President Alberto Fernandez denounced the attempted shooting as the most serious incident since the country returned to democracy.