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Mikolaj Przybyl was taken to hospital in the western city of Poznan after reporters heard a gunshot and hurried back to find him lying slumped on the floor in a pool of blood.

His life was not in danger, officials said, but the apparent suicide attempt quickly triggered a public dispute between the heads of Poland’s military and civilian prosecution services over plans, criticised by Przybyl, to merge the two.

Shortly before the shooting, Przybyl had asked the reporters to leave his office. In his news conference, he had criticised media leaks from the ongoing probe into the 2010 crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others, mostly senior Polish officials, in Smolensk, western Russia.

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