Shinzo Abe, Ex-Japanese Leader, Collapses After Gunshot Is Heard

TOKYO — Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister of Japan, was apparently wounded on Friday while giving a speech in the city of Nara, in western Japan, according to NHK, the public broadcaster.

Mr. Abe, 67, collapsed and appeared to be bleeding, the report said, after a gunshot was heard in the city near Kyoto, according to an NHK reporter on the scene.

A man was believed to be in custody at the site, the broadcaster reported.

Seigo Yasuhara, an official in the command center at the Nara Fire Department, said that Mr. Abe had been taken by ambulance to a medical evacuation helicopter and taken to a regional medical center. He was unconscious and not showing any vital signs, the official said.

Mr. Abe was the country’s longest-serving prime minister and served two terms, from 2006 to 2007 and 2012 to 2020.

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