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Ex-Japan PM Abe shot at, man in custody

Abe showing no vital signs, says fire dept source

Tokyo, July 8 (UNI) Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was rushed to a hospital reportedly showing no vital signs after apparently being shot in the city of Nara in western Japan on Friday, according to a local fire department.

Police said a man was taken into custody near the Yamatosaidaiji Station.

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Abe collapsed around 11.30 a.m. local time while making a speech on the street for a Liberal Democratic Party candidate’s election campaign, nhkworld reported.

The NHK report said Abe was bleeding there were sound of gunshots heard. The report quoted a fire department official saying “Abe is showing no vital signs”.

Another report said he will be transferred by medevac to Nara Medical University Hospital in Kashihara City in the prefecture. Police say Abe appears to have been shot from behind with a shotgun.

The fire department said he is in cardiopulmonary arrest, nhkworld reported.

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