Former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe was shot twice in the city of Nara at around 11:30 am (Japan Timing) during a campaign on Friday morning, as per NHK reports.
The shocking incident conspired while the ex-PM was making a speech for a Liberal Democratic Party candidate's election campaign. Unfortunately, Abe is showing no vital signs.
As per the Japanese public broadcaster NHK, the former PM was bleeding and an NHK reporter present at the incident heard a sound “like a gun going off”.
Meanwhile, another witness is reported to have heard gunshots in the apparent attack in Nara while he was standing while making an election campaign speech ahead of Sunday’s election for the parliament’s upper house.
Abe is showing no vital signs after being taken to hospital, reported news agency AFP.
The latest reports also suggest that a man has been arrested for the attempted murder of ex-PM Shinzo Abe and a gun has also been confiscated, reports said.
The NHK reported, "Police say a man has been taken into custody. The site is near Yamatosaidaiji Station in Nara City."
Amid the shocking news, a video of Shinzo Abe being shot has been going viral on social media.
Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister, held office in 2006 for one year and again from 2012 to 2020, when he was forced to step down because of ill health.
The former Japanese PM shares a bond of friendship with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, with both the leaders having displayed their camaraderie several times, when they visited each other, reported DNA.
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