Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca, the founder of the third-largest political party in Spain, was shot in the face in Madrid on Thursday.

Even though he was hit in the head, he has amazingly escaped a shooting incident in Madrid. When the attack happened, Vidal-Quadras Roca was on his way to an event on Núñez de Balboa Street at around 2:00 pm local time.

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Following a report about the event, law enforcement is looking for a suspect, who they believe to be a young guy who fired the handgun at Vidal-Quadras Roca. It has come to light that the attacker rode off on a motorcycle, thus investigators are currently trying to get CCTV evidence from surrounding cameras.

Who is Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca?

Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca is a well-known Spanish politician and radiation physicist who was born in Barcelona on May 20, 1945.

As a representative of Alianza Popular (AP), he was admitted to the Catalan Parliament in 1980. He was re-elected in 1984 and 1988, and in 1991 he became the president of AP in Catalonia.

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Moving on to European politics, Vidal-Quadras represented the Popular Party (PP) and was elected to a seat in the European Parliament in 1999. In addition to winning reelection in 2004 and 2009, he was selected in 2004 to serve as the European Parliament’s First Vice President.

Vidal-Quadras defected from the PP to the newly established Vox party in 2014. He led Vox in the 2014 European election, although the party fell short of securing a seat.

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After this electoral defeat, Vidal-Quadras willingly took the helm of the International Committee in Search of Justice, an advocacy organization based in Brussels that helps the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) resist the Iranian government. In addition, he belongs to the lobby group European Friends of Israel, which works to protect Israel’s interests in the EU.