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

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Native media say ex-Japanese prime minister is exhibiting no very important indicators after being shot within the western metropolis of Nara.

Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been taken to hospital after apparently being shot throughout a marketing campaign speech within the western metropolis of Nara, in keeping with media experiences.

The NHK broadcaster, citing the native fireplace division, mentioned on Friday that Abe “is exhibiting no very important indicators”.

Japanese police advised native media Abe appeared to have been shot from behind with a shotgun. He collapsed at round 11:30am (02:30 GMT).

NHK mentioned its reporter on the scene heard “one thing that appeared like a gunshot and noticed Abe bleeding”.

Sources near Abe advised the broadcaster that Abe “was shot within the chest”.

Kyodo Information mentioned Abe was not aware and seemed to be in cardiac arrest. The company mentioned the previous prime minister was attacked by an unidentified man on a avenue in Nara.

A male suspect has been taken into custody.

Robert Energy, an Irish citizen who’s visiting Nara, mentioned persons are “confused” and “baffled” and there are 4 helicopters overhead.

“We had been advised Shinzo Abe was simply shot right here. Helicopters in all places,” he advised Al Jazeera. “Persons are simply glued to the TV.”

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

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