Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan, shot during a speech

The former prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abereceived a Shooting and collapsed during a campaign speech in the city of nara.

Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported that Abe appeared to be bleeding from the chest after being shot in the back with a shotgun on Friday morning. Citing law enforcement sources, NHK reported that Abe was likely shot in the back with a shotgun.

NHK reports that Abe was airlifted to Nara Medical University Hospital in Kashihara city. Media reports are not immediately clear on the severity of Abe’s injuries.

Local media reports say witnesses heard gunshots before seeing Abe fall to the ground, his shirt smeared with blood. Security guards then rushed to surround the former prime minister.

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Police arrested Tetsuya Yamagami, a 42-year-old man from Nara, for attempted murder. Video footage from the incident shows that Yamagami did not attempt to flee and was detained at the scene.

Rahm Emanuel, the US ambassador to Japan, tweeted: “We are all saddened and shocked by the shooting of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Abe-san has been an outstanding leader of Japan and a staunch ally of the US The US government and the American people are praying for the well-being of Abe-san, his family, and the people of Japan “.

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Shinzo Abe is Japan’s longest serving Prime Minister

Shinzo Abe is Japan’s longest serving Prime Minister

Abe had been in the western city of Nara to give a campaign speech for the local Liberal Democratic Party candidate ahead of Sunday’s upper house elections.

As we mentioned in AmericanPost.News, Abe served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, resigned in 2020 due to chronic health problems. Yoshihide Suga was chosen as Abe’s successor in September 2020.

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