Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been rushed to hospital after he was shot while delivering a speech in Nara.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been rushed to hospital after he was shot while delivering a speech in Nara.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been rushed to hospital after he was shot while delivering a speech in Nara.

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been rushed to hospital after collapsing during a speech. He was giving a speech outside Yamato-Saidaiji Station in Nara, a popular place for political speeches, when the attacker appeared to approach him from behind.

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to the media at the Prime Minister’s official residence.Credit:AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, falls to the ground in Nara. Abe was reportedly suffering from heart failure after being shot during a campaign speech.Credit:PA

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Shinzo Abe makes a speech before being shot. The speech took place ahead of Sunday’s election.Credit:Kyodo News via AP

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Security police tackle a suspect shortly after.Credit:The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images

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People react after hearing gunshots.Credit:Kyodo News via AP

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People watch the scene of the shooting.Credit:Kosuke Okahara/Bloomberg

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Security and police attempt to secure the area immediately after the shooting.Credit:Kyodo News via AP

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The police inspect the area.Credit:Kyodo News via AP

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Police are collecting evidence at the scene of the shooting.Credit:Kosuke Okahara/Bloomberg

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Police and onlookers at the scene after Mr Abe was taken to hospital.Credit:Kosuke Okahara/Bloomberg

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Investigators are working near the site.Credit:Kyodo News via AP

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This aerial photo shows the scene.Credit:Kyodo News via AP

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An employee hands out extra editions of the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reporting on the shooting.Credit:AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

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In this aerial image, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on a stretcher to a helicopter after he was shot outside Yamatosaidaiji Station while delivering a street speech for the upcoming Upper House elections.Credit:The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

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Mr Abe was rushed to hospital by helicopter. Credit:NHK

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People watch TV news reporting the shooting.Credit:Kyodo News via AP

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, left, is greeted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon his arrival for a welcome and family photo opportunity at the G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019 .Credit:Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Photo via AP

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a joint sitting of the House of Representatives in Parliament in Canberra in 2014.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a welcome ceremony at the State Guest Houses in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, April 7, 2014. Abbott, after calling on Japan l his country’s closest friend in Asia, will this week seek to overcome Chinese unease over its loyalties in a region plagued by territorial tensions.Credit:Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott inspect an honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the State Guest Houses in Tokyo, Japan, Monday, April 7, 2014 Abbott, after calling Japan his closest friend in Asia, will this week seek to overcome Chinese unease over his loyalties in a region plagued by territorial tensions.Credit:Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

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Then Prime Minister Tony Abbott with then US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Brisbane in 2014Credit:Andrew Meares