Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been taken to hospital after apparently being shot during a campaign speech in the western city of Nara, according to media reports.
The NHK broadcaster, citing the local fire department, said on Friday that Abe “is showing no vital signs”.
Kyodo News also said Abe was not conscious and appeared to be in cardiac arrest. The agency said the former prime minister was attacked by an unidentified man on a street in Nara.
A male suspect has been taken into custody.
Abe served as Japan’s prime minister from December 2012 to September 2020, making him the country’s longest-serving prime minister.