During a visit by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to the Saikazaki port in Wakayama prefecture to support his party’s candidate in a local election, a loud explosion occurred, but no injuries were reported, according to news agency PTI. NHK reported that an explosion took place just before Kishida was about to start his speech. A man suspected to be responsible for the explosion was apprehended at the site, and NHK footage showed several police officers surrounding him and holding him down.
According to local media Kyodo News, an apparent “smoke bomb” was thrown at the Prime Minister before he was scheduled to give his speech at the Saikazaki Port in Wakayama prefecture.
The Prime Minister was campaigning for a lower house by-election in the Wakayama No. 1 district. This incident occurred nine months after Kishida’s predecessor, Shinzo Abe, was assassinated while giving a campaign speech.
The suspect is Ryuji Kimura, a 24-year-old from Kawanishi, Hyogo Prefecture. He was first apprehended by two local fishermen.
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Shinzo Abe’s Assasination Case
Shinzo Abe, aged 67, was shot from behind while giving a campaign speech in Nara, western Japan. He was airlifted to a hospital but was declared dead later, as he was not breathing and his heart had stopped. Before stepping down in 2020 for health reasons, Abe was Japan’s longest-serving leader.
The attack occurred at 11:30 a.m. local time in Japan while Shinzo was speaking at a program in the city of Nara. The assailant fired at him, and he fell to the ground in a bloody condition. The assassin was immediately arrested.
The entire world mourned over the tragic incident in Nara, Japan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his grief over the loss of his “dear friend” Shinzo Abe. Modi announced a day of national mourning on Saturday after Shinzo’s death via Twitter.
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