Shinzo Abe’s wife has arrived in Akie Nara and is on her way to the hospital
TOKYO, July 8 – RIA Novosti. The wife of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Akie arrived in Nara Prefecture, where the politician was attacked, and is on her way to hospital, NHK reported.
According to the channel, Akie came from Tokyo to Kyoto and from there went to Nara. The footage shows the former prime minister’s wife, dressed in a dark gray or black dress, with a small suitcase.
Shinzo Abe was attacked during a street performance in Nara, Japan, around 11:30 am local time (5:30 am Moscow time). The 41-year-old assailant, Tetsuya Yamagami, fired two shots from behind the politician from about 10 meters away. After the second shot, Abe fell. During the attack, he received a gunshot wound to the right side of his neck, after which bleeding was observed. In addition, bleeding in the left chest region was noted.
Police said Abe was conscious soon after he was injured, but later in the transport his condition became critical with “heart and lung arrest”. Shinzo Abe is currently at Nara Prefectural University Hospital.
As Japan’s current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at a press conference, “The situation of former Prime Minister Abe after the attack is extremely difficult.” Abe’s younger brother, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, told reporters that doctors were “doing everything possible, including blood transfusions, to save former Prime Minister Abe’s life.”
Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, was detained at the scene. He offered no resistance during his arrest. After a while, he was arrested on charges of attempted murder. Japanese media reported that Yamagami served in the country’s naval self-defense forces for three years, until 2005. Occupation is currently unknown.
Yamagami gave his first statement, saying he was “not happy” with the former prime minister and “wanted to kill him”.
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