A prominent politician of the country, 67, was attacked At the rally for the senatorial election on SundayAnd despite strict laws in the archipelago against the possession of weapons.
“A man believed to be the attacker is in custody” Japanese chief Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters.
A 41-year-old man has been arrested. to him murder And a weapon would have been confiscated, NHK reported, citing police sources.
According to several local media, the suspect is a 41-year-old Japanese man He belongs to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Japanese Navy.
Films broadcast by NHK Show Abe standing on stage And smoke is seen. You can see how a man is shaken by security agents.
“I was giving a speech and a man came up behind me.” A young woman at the event told the NHK network.
“The first shot was like a toy. He didn’t fall but then heard a loud noise. The second shot was more visible, you could see sparks and smoke,” he added.
Abe collapsed and was bleeding from the neck, a source in his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) told GG Agency.
“After the second shot, people surrounded him and gave him heart massages,” the witness said.
Local PLD officials said they had not received any threats before the attack.
“Terrorism and Violence”
After the incident, the government announced the formation of a task force.
American ambassador JapanRahm Emanuel said he was “saddened and shocked” by the attack on Abe.
“We are all sad and shocked.” Emanuel said in a statement. “Abe-San has been a great leader of Japan and a staunch ally of the United States.
“The government and people of the United States pray for the well-being of Abe-san, his family, and the people of Japan.”Diplomat added.
For his part, General Nakatani, adviser to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, said, “Terrorism and violence will never be tolerated,” the GG agency reported.
Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, ruled the country for one year in 2006 and then returned to power between 2012 and 2020.
He was a hardline conservative who promoted an amendment to Japan’s pacifist constitution to authorize the country’s military, and remained politically relevant even after leaving power.
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