KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah expressed shock over the tragic shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“I’m saddened and shocked by the tragic shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Abe @AbeShinzo.
“The authorities and folks of Malaysia are praying for his speedy restoration and for his household to be given power to endure this tragedy,” mentioned Saifuddin on his Twitter account on Friday (July 8).
Earlier, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported that Abe, 67, was delivering a speech at a political occasion on a avenue within the western metropolis of Nara when he was “shot from behind” by an individual who has now been arrested.
Abe is at present reported to be “in important situation”, mentioned AA quoting Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in a press convention held to deal with the incident.
“Emergency officers say he (Abe) doesn’t seem to have any indicators of life,” in keeping with Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
Japan will maintain senate elections on Sunday and Abe was campaigning for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidates.
At least two photographs had been heard earlier than Abe collapsed and fell to the bottom. He was bleeding and the gunman shot him from behind, witnesses instructed the NHK.
He was “unconscious and unresponsive”.
Abe served Japan as premier for the longest time — first in 2006 after which once more from 2012 to 2020. – Bernama