Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister of Japan, was shot on Friday at a campaign rally in western Japan. He was taken to a hospital, but officials claimed he was not breathing and his heart had stopped.
“Abe, a former prime minister, was shot in Nara at approximately 11:30 a.m. One individual has been arrested and is thought to be the gunman. At this time, it is uncertain how former Prime Minister Abe is doing,” Hirokazu Matsuno, the top cabinet secretary, informed reporters.
Abe was reportedly shot minutes after he began speaking outside of a major train station in western Nara, according to footage carried by NHK public broadcaster of the scene. He was seen lying on the ground with many security officers rushing to help him.
The Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida, a member of the same political party as Abe, is flying by helicopter from Yamagata, where he is holding a campaign stop, to Tokyo. All cabinet ministers must return to Tokyo following their campaign stops, according to Matsuno.
In another video, campaign workers surrounded the well-liked former leader, who still has a lot of clout in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and leads its biggest group Seiwakai. On Sunday, voting will take place for the lower house of Japan’s parliament, which has less authority.
When gunshots were heard, Abe was speaking. Before he passed out, he was holding his chest and covered in blood, yet he was still able to communicate.
In one of the safest nations in the world with some of the tightest gun prohibitions worldwide, the attack came as a shock.
Abe announced his resignation in 2020, claiming that a long-standing health issue has reappeared. Since he was a youngster, Abe has had ulcerative colitis, which he claims can be managed with medication.
“Deeply distressed by the attack on my dear friend Abe Shinzo. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, and the people of Japan,” PM Modi tweeted.