Posted BY: Rm | NwoRerport

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot in the chest while giving a speech and is showing no vital signs after being attacked from behind.

Abe, 67, collapsed bleeding around 11:30 a.m. at a campaign event in the city of Nara on Friday, and was taken to hospital. 

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The fire department told NHK that the former premier appeared to be in cardiac arrest. 

According to the fire department, former Prime Minister Abe is in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest, a 

Several outlets including the Kyodo news agency said the ex-premier had been attacked, with both Kyodo and public broadcaster NHK reporting the sound of an apparent gunshot as he collapsed. 

A man was reportedly detained at the scene and police are investigating as paramedics rush to save Abe’s life.