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Man arrested for firing plastic gun at Czech president

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September 18, 2012 - FILE photo of Czech President Vaclav Klaus.AP

Officials say a man has attacked Czech President Vaclav Klaus with a plastic gun.

Presidential spokesman Radim Ochvat says Klaus was not injured in Friday's incident in the northern town of Chrastava where he was opening a new bridge.

Police spokeswoman Stepanka Zatloukalova says the man opened fire at Klaus from close range with a plastic pistol that uses small plastic balls as bullets. A 26-year-old man has been arrested.

Zatloukalova had no more details immediately.

It is not clear why the president's bodyguards did not intervene in time.