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Japanese PM Fumio Kishida strongly condemned the attack on the country’s former premier Shinzo Abe.

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Japanese PM Fumio Kishida strongly condemned the attack on the country's former premier Shinzo Abe.
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 08: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida responds to questions from media reporters after his predecessor Shinzo Abe was shot at the prime minister’s office on July 8, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan. Abe was shot while making a street speech for upcoming Upper House election and reported as a critical condition. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday strongly condemned the attack on the country’s former premier Shinzo Abe during an election campaign in Nara city.

Abe was unresponsive after being critically shot from about 10 feet behind while campaigning in the upper house election in the western city of Nara. He was airlifted to a hospital immediately and may have gone into cardiac arrest, reported local media quoting firefighters.

“I pray that former prime minister Abe will survive,” Kishida said in a televised address.

“It is a barbaric act during election campaigning, which is the foundation of democracy, and it is absolutely unforgivable. I condemn this act in the strongest terms.”

On the question of security (or lack of) surrounding Abe, Kishida said, “I want to believe there was sufficient security, but determining that will be part of investigations.”

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