Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe shot on campaign trail

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving former prime minister, has been shot during a campaign speech in the western city of Nara 

in the most significant act of political violence to rock the country in half a century. 

in the most significant act of political violence to rock the country in half a century. 

Abe collapsed at about 11:30am and was taken to hospital by helicopter after two shots hit his neck and left collarbone 

according to the local fire department. He was unconscious and in cardiac arrest. 

The shooting of one of Japan’s most influential modern leaders will shock a society that has suffered little political violence for decades 

This is a heinous act of brutality that is utterly unforgivable,” said Fumio Kishida, 

the current prime minister of Japan. Abe’s condition was grave, Kishida said.