Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in “critical condition” after an attack


The attacker has been arrested while the president is in hospital

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been hospitalized after being shot during an election rally in the Nara region. According to the latest information from local news agency NHK, the president is not showing any vital signs and is in “critical condition”. “Former Prime Minister Abe was shot in Nara. A man, believed to be the attacker, has been taken into custody,” Japanese chief of staff Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters.

The incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. in Spain. Abe was speaking at a meeting in the upper house ahead of the parliamentary election when gunshots were heard, NHK news agency and Kyodo news agency reported. “I was making a speech and a man came from behind,” a young woman told the NHK network. “The first shot sounded like a toy. It didn’t fall, but then there was a loud bang. The second shot was more visible, you could see the explosion and the smoke,” he added.

Several media outlets reported that the former leader had been attacked from behind, possibly with a shotgun. “Whatever the reason, a barbaric act like this cannot be tolerated and we strongly condemn it,” said Chief of Staff Matsuno.

Abe, 67, was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, ruled the country for a year in 2006 and then returned to power between 2012 and 2020. He is a conservative who promoted the revision of Japan’s pacifist constitution to allow the military of to recognize the country, and remained politically active even after leaving power.

Source: La Verdad


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