‘Shocked’ by attack on former Japanese PM Abe: Rahul Gandhi

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Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said Friday he was shocked by the attack on former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“Shocked to hear the news of the attack on former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, who was instrumental in deepening Indo-Japanese ties. Prayers for his recovery. My thoughts are with his family “, he tweeted.

Shinzo Abe, who was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, collapsed after being shot while addressing a crowd in Nara prefecture on Friday, state media said in a report, adding that the police had arrested a suspect.

According to state broadcaster NHK, the incident happened around 11:30 a.m. (local time) near Yamatosaidaiji station in Nara city, when the 67-year-old former leader was delivering a speech for the election campaign of Nara. a Liberal Democratic Party candidate.

The local fire department said Abe was in cardiorespiratory arrest and needed to be medically evacuated to Nara Medical University Hospital in Kashihara city, prefecture.

According to the BBC, the term cardiopulmonary arrest is often used before a death is officially confirmed in Japan.

The NHK report further states that a gunshot was heard at the scene and Abe was seen bleeding.

Meanwhile, police said Abe appeared to have been shot from behind with a shotgun, state broadcaster reported.

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