Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan, is critically injured when shots are fired at him during a street speech.
According to Japanese media, the ex-premier was seriously wounded in the chest and lost consciousness, he was hospitalized.
The 40-year-old shooter has been arrested. According to Japan’s largest news agency Kyodo Newshis motives are still unknown. According to preliminary information, he fired from a shotgun, firing, according to eyewitnesses, at least two shots.
A police spokesman said that Shinzo Abe had a cardiac arrest. An unnamed government source told NHK that Abe’s condition is “pretty bad.” The Kyodo Agency reports that he shows no signs of life.
Abe, according to doctors, “has stopped heart and lungs”, writes “Gazeta.ru”. According to a number of data, in Japan this is called clinical death – however, only a specially authorized doctor can officially announce the death.
A crisis headquarters has been set up in the government. Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan, is rushing to Tokyo, Reuters reports.
Shinzo Abe was prime minister in 2006-2007 and 2012-2020, stepped down from his post during the pandemic due to health problems.