Japan’s ex-PM Shinzo Abe shot in Nara: Reports | News

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Local media report that the ex-Japanese prime minster is still in good health after being shot in Nara’s western city.

Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been taken to hospital after apparently being shot during a campaign speech in the western city of Nara, according to media reports.

The NHK broadcaster, citing the local fire department, said on Friday that the 67-year-old “is showing no vital signs”.

Japanese police claimed that Abe had been shot with a shotgun from behind by local media. He fell to the ground at 11:30 AM (02:30 GMT).

NHK said its reporter on the scene heard “what sounded like a gun going off twice” and saw Abe bleeding.

A broadcaster showed footage of Abe falling on the street with security guards running towards him. Abe was clutching his chest and his shirt was stained with blood when he fell.

Kyodo News stated that Abe was unconscious and in cardiac arrest.

According to the agency the attack on the former prime minster was committed by an unknown man in a street close to Nara’s Yamatosaidaiji Station.

NHK reports that a male suspect has been taken into police custody under suspicion of attempted murder. NHK reported that the suspect, who was in his 40s, was carrying a gun which police confiscated.

Abe served as Japan’s prime minister from December 2012 to September 2020, making him the
country’s longest-serving prime minister.

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