15 Apr 2023

Smoke Bomb Blast During Japan PM Fumio Kishida Rally In Wakayama; Suspect Held; Kishida Safe

Wakayama: Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida had a narrow escape on Saturday morning. Smoke bomb was blasted at his rally. There was chaos on hearing the sound of the blast. People started running. The security forces immediately took out the PM safely. At the same time, the suspected attacker has been caught.


PM Kishida had arrived in Wakayama city to address a rally. He was due to give a speech in support of his party's Liberal Democratic Party candidate for the by-election to be held later this month.

Video footage aired by Japanese media showed people who had gathered at the scene running for shelter, while a man was subdued by several police officers at the scene. Kishida left the scene unhurt after the incident.

Fumio Kishida became the Prime Minister of Japan in the year 2021. Along with this, he is the President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He served as the Minister of External Affairs from 2012 to 2017. In 2017, he served as the acting Defense Minister of Japan.

The incident comes months after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated in July last year during a speech before the upper house election.



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