Japan’s ex-PM Shinzo Abe hospitalised after gun attack during campaign event
According to media reports, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot dead on Friday while delivering a speech during a campaign rally in the Nara region.
A public broadcaster, NHP, reported that a gunshot was apparently heard, after which Abe fainted.
A video clip on social media shows the former prime minister being taken to hospital as he was bleeding from his neck.
Japanese officials said Abe was suffering from cardiac arrest, a term used in Japan before doctors could confirm the death threat.
Later, the Japanese government confirmed that Abe had been shot in the western part of Nara.
“Former Prime Minister Abe was shot dead in Nara around 11:30 a.m. local time. A man believed to be the attacker has been taken into custody. Former Prime Minister Abe’s condition is unknown at this time, “Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters.