Japan’s Former PM Shinzo Abe Shot During Speech

Tokyo: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot as he was addressing a crowd in Nara prefecture on Friday, state broadcaster NHK reported. Citing Liberal Democratic Party sources, the NHK news report said that Abe was shot in the chest and was taken to hospital.

The Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe collapsed during a speech in the city of Nara, in western Japan. Initial reports said he may have been injured. An NHK reporter on site heard something that sounded like a gunshot and saw Abe bleeding, said sources.

He was attacked by a man from behind while he was making a stump speech on a street in Nara on Friday. The Police seized the man who attacked Abe at around 11.30 am, added sources.

Sources further added that the fire department informed that the former Prime Minister of Japan, shot during a speech in Nara city, is showing no vital signs. Police sources said he was likely hit from behind by the shotgun fire.

Till the last reports came in, Police arrested 41-year-old Yamagami Tetsuya in Nara City for allegedly attempting murder. The cops seized a gun at the site which the suspect was apparently holding.

(With input from IANS)

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