Argentine President condemns attack on VP

STORY: The attack underscores rising political tension in Argentina and around the region that has put politicians on edge from Colombia to Brazil.

President Alberto Fernandez said that a man had pointed a firearm at her head and pulled the trigger, adding that for some reason that has yet to be confirmed, the gun did not fire.

The president said the gun had been loaded with five bullets.

Fernandez de Kirchner is on trial on corruption charges and hundreds of supporters had gathered outside her Buenos Aires home when the attack took place.

Video footage showed a man holding a pistol inches from her head as she greeted supporters.

The assailant, who authorities identified as a 35-year-old man of Brazilian origin, was quickly arrested by police and the weapon was seized.