Former Japan PM, Shinzo Abe, immediately fell to the ground profusely bleeding from his neck. The leader was campaigning at an event in Nara region on Friday during which the plot to kill the former PM turned successful. Ahead of Sunday’s upper house elections, Abe was delivering a speech during which the gunman shot him from behind. The 67-years-old former Japanese PM who has a record of serving the PM’s office for the longest tenure in the history of Japan didn’t show vital signs after collapsing on the ground.
We are all saddened and shocked by the shooting of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Abe-san has been an outstanding leader of Japan and unwavering ally of the U.S. The U.S. Government and American people are praying for the well-being of Abe-san, his family, & people of Japan.
— ラーム・エマニュエル駐日米国大使 (@USAmbJapan) July 8, 2022
The Japanese government immediately swung into action and put forward a task force to investigate the matter. While revealing the condition of Shinzo Abe, the government told the media persons, “Former prime minister Abe was shot at around 11:30 am in Nara. One man, believed to be the shooter, has been taken into custody. The condition of former prime minister Abe is currently unknown,” chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters.