President “saddened” over shooting of Japan’s Ex-Prime Minister Abe

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa expresses his shock over the shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier today (08).

Taking to Twitter, the Head of State wished the former Premier a speedy recovery, adding “our prayers are with him, his family and people of Japan.”

Former Premier of Japan Abe was rushed to the hospital after collapsing while delivering a speech in the western city of Nara on Friday.

A sound like a gunshot was heard at the time, and a male suspect was detained at the scene. A reporter on the scene said they could hear two consecutive bangs during Abe’s speech.

Kyodo News said the former premier was not conscious and appeared to be in cardiac arrest.