A 48-year-old man who was shot in the back on Wednesday evening outside a restaurant in Ypsonas was transferred to Nicosia hospital to undergo surgery on Thursday.
He was first taken to Limassol, and later moved to a private clinic on request of his relatives. He was then moved to Nicosia when it was decided that surgery to remove the bullet from his spine could not be carried out at the clinic.
He was conscious in the morning before the surgery but did not comment on who might want to kill him.
Limassol police chief Ioannis Soteriades said that the incident occurred around 10.40pm when two people on a large motorbike approached the victim who was talking on his mobile phone outside the restaurant which he co-owns with his mother and which is on the main road of Ypsonas.
The passenger reportedly shot the 48-year-old tavern owner once before the bikers sped away. According to reports the passenger attempted to fire another shot before they left but his gun got jammed.
The motorbike was described as a dark TMax bike without registration plates. The two bikers were wearing dark clothes and helmets which covered their faces.
Police have cordoned off the scene and are looking for the two men.
According to state radio the victim is a civil employee of the national guard and an Elam municipal councilor of Ypsonas.
FILE PHOTO: A Yamaha TMAX