Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shot on Friday while campaigning for parliamentary election. According to NHK, a man firing a gun that appeared to have been made at home fired at him from behind. A 41-year-old male was reportedly detained by police after being accused of carrying out the shooting in the western city of Nara. When Abe, 67, was taken to the hospital, he seemed to be in a condition of cardiac arrest despite originally being awake and alert, according to the Kyodo news agency and NHK.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters “Such an act of barbarity cannot be tolerated,”. He stated that he did not know Abe’s condition. In the video of NHK,Abe is seen giving a campaign address outside of a railway station when two bullets were fired. The video then briefly became blocked as security personnel tackled a suspect on the ground
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