Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro gestures after being stabbed in the stomach. Image Credit: AFP

Rio de Janeiro: Brazil’s right-wing presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro was seriously injured Thursday when he was attacked with a knife while campaigning in the country’s southeast, his son said.

Flavio Bolsonaro — who initially described his father’s wounds as superficial — later tweeted that the 63-year-old suffered injuries to the liver, lung and intestine and had “lost a lot of blood.”

Images shared on social media and Brazilian television showed Bolsonaro being carried on the shoulders of a throng of supporters in the town of Juiz de Fora in southeastern Minas Gerais state, before a man lunges at his stomach.