Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot while delivering a speech in the western Japanese city of Nara, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported this morning.
Japanese media reported that Abe was bleeding from the neck and unconscious when paramedics took him.
They added that Abe was shot twice, one of which lodged in the chest, and another in the right side of the neck, according to Kyodo news agency.
For his part, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that Shinzo Abe is in a very dangerous condition, after he was shot.
“I pray that former Prime Minister Abe may survive,” Kishida said. [Read Also: Who is Dr. Gurpreet Kaur? Bhagwant Mann Wife, Age, Biography, and more]
“It was a barbaric act during the electoral campaign, which constitutes the basis of democracy,” he added. An act that is absolutely unforgivable and I condemn it in the strongest terms.”
A man has been arrested for attempted murder after the attack on Shinzo Abe while he was giving a speech in the western city of Nara, local media reported Friday.
The National broadcaster NHK quoted a local fire department as saying that Abe appeared to have cardiac and respiratory failure, a phrase used in Japan before his death was officially confirmed.
Police said the shooter said during investigations that he was upset with Abe and intended to kill him.
The suspect, who was reported to be a former member of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, is being held by police.