Ex-Japan PM Shinzo Abe shot at, shifted to hospital

Tokyo — Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot at in the western Japan province of Nara on Friday morning, according to Japan’s state media NHK. He has been shifted to the hospital.

“Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo collapsed during a speech in the city of Nara, in western Japan. Initial reports say he may have been injured. An NHK reporter on site heard something that sounded like a gunshot, and saw Abe bleeding,” it said in an alert.

The incident occurred at around 11.30 am (4:00 am London time) on Friday.