Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shot in the middle of a rally

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been shot with a shotgun from behind while offering a campaign speech on the street this Friday, as reported by the local police in the city of Nara (western Japan), where the attack took place.

Abe has been airlifted by ambulance and helicopter to hospital. The former president has arrived in critical conditionwithout vital signs, and remains hospitalized.

Shinzo Abe has arrived at the hospital in cardiac arrest and details of his condition are still unknown

Eyewitnesses say that two shots were heard at the scene just before Abe collapsed, according to the state network NHK. some citizens captured and uploaded to social media some very shocking and unusual images of what happened. In Japan this type of attack is frankly unusual.

The conservative leader, who left office in 2020 for health reasons, was at a campaign event for the by-elections to the Upper House of the Diet (the Parliament of Japan) that are held this Sunday, in which the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) of Abe and the current prime minister, Fumio Kishida, hopes to revalidate his large majority.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his speech in Nara on July 8, 2022. Reuters

They arrest an ex-military as the main suspect

Japanese police today identified Yamagami Tetsuya, a 41-year-old man, a former member of the Maritime Self Defense Forcesas the presumed aggressor of the facts.

Tetsuya has been arrested for attempted murder while still holding the gun with which he would have shot the politician. sources of Ministry of Defence Japanese affirm that the alleged aggressor worked in the naval branch of the Army, in charge of the defense of the archipelago, for three years until 2005.

Japan condemns the attack

Various members of Government of Japan They have condemned the attack. Information on Abe’s health status is still being gathered. “This barbarism cannot be forgiven, regardless of the person’s reason, so We strongly condemn it and we will do our best to help“, has maintained the Japanese government spokesman, Hirokazu Matsuno.

For his part, the Prime Minister, fumio kishida, has canceled his election agenda and is on his way to Tokyo where he is expected to speak to the press. Japan’s former Minister of the Interior and Communications, Sanae Takaichihas also been forceful and has ensured that in Japan “political terrorism” is not tolerated.

In the same vein, the United States ambassador in Tokyo responded, Rahm Emmanuel: “We are saddened and shocked by the shooting of the former prime minister. Abe has been an outstanding leader for Japan and a steadfast ally of the United States.”


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