Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was attacked on Friday while delivering a street speech in the country’s western part of Nara. According to Japanese media reports, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died on Friday after being shot twice at a campaign event in the Nara region, news agency AFP reported quoting local media.
The man who shot former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been identified as Yamagami Tetsuya, 41. Images and videos of the attacker’s arrest appeared on social media. Abe was giving a speech for an election campaign in the city of Nara when the attacker shot him in the back, local media said.
Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party has said that Shinzo Abe was shot from behind. Shinzo Abe has been admitted to Nara Medical University in an injured condition.
The man appeared to be in his 40s and a gun had been confiscated, public broadcaster NHK said, citing police sources.
According to the NHK report, there was bleeding after being shot. There is also talk of a heart attack after being shot.
Abe stepped down as prime minister in 2020, but he is still very influential in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Eyewitnesses say they heard the sound of shots fired at the slogan.
The former prime minister was attacked from behind by a man while making a speech on Nara street. Police captured the man who attacked Abe around 11:30 am, The Japan Times reported.
According to initial reports from Japanese public broadcaster NHK, Shinzo Abe may have been shot in the chest. A local reporter at the scene heard what sounded like a gunshot. The reporter also saw Abe bleeding, the media said.
Abe Shinzo, a Japanese politician, became the Prime Minister of Japan twice, from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020.
Abe was campaigning for the election to the Upper House of Parliament on Sunday. Abe has been the Prime Minister of Japan from 2012 to 2020. He became the PM for the first time in 2006 but had to resign within a year. He left the post of PM due to illness in 2020 also.
Japan has a history of high-profile murder or attempted murder. In 1932, Japanese Prime Minister Inukai Suyoshi was assassinated by a Navy officer. It was part of a failed coup. Japan is one of those countries where there are stringent laws regarding gun possession.
Shinzo Abe said in February this year that Japan should break a long-standing taboo and start an active debate on nuclear weapons.