Shinzo Abe, a former Japanese prime minister, is fighting for his life in the hospital after he was shot during a speech. The attacker was overpowered and arrested. The Japanese public broadcaster’s cameras captured the moment of the attack.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot with a firearm during an election rally in Nara, near Kyoto. The 67-year-old politician was taken by helicopter to the hospital. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at the conference that Abe’s condition was “critical” and “doctors were fighting for his life.”
The Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) of the Japanese Ministry of the Interior and Communications confirmed that the former head of government was shot in the right side of his neck.
Public broadcaster NHK, citing a witness to the incident, described Abe falling to the ground after the second shot. The woman reported seeing a man approach the former prime minister from behind.
NHK also showed the moment when the shots were fired. You can see a politician speaking and gesticulating, and a waving hand near him. When the shots are fired, it becomes confusing and the operator loses his balance. Moments later, the camera’s eye shows the security guards who incapacitate the man on the ground.
The following shots show the former prime minister being carried out on a stretcher from a helicopter that landed on the roof of the hospital.
Shinzo Abe was Prime Minister of Japan from 2006-2007 and later in 2012-2020, and during that time he also served as the chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party. He was the head of the Japanese government for the longest time in the history of the country.
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