The world has reacted with shock over the “reprehensible” attack on Abe. However, it is learnt that some Chinese nationalists celebrated the assassination .
Moments after Abe was shot during a campaign speech in western Japan, some Chinese nationalists celebrated the incident on Weibo, which is China’s Twitter-like microblogging site. They hailed the attacker as a ‘hero’ and even sent death wishes to Abe.
A verified Twitter handle, @badiucao, claimed: “Chinese nationalists on Weibo are celebrating Japan’s ex PM Abe being shot during campaign today. They call the attacker “hero” and sent “death wish to Abe.”
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The local police said that he was shot twice, with the second shot hitting him in the back, causing him to fall to the ground. The accused has been identified as Yamagami Tetsuya, who is a resident of Nara city. Local sources had told local media that a gun seized at the scene appeared to be handmade. Abe was transferred by medevac to Nara Medical University Hospital in Kashihara city.
PM Modi deeply distressed: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday he was “deeply distressed” by the shooting of Shinzo Abe, describing the former Japanese premier as a “dear friend”. PM Modi Modi wrote on Twitter: “Deeply distressed by the news of my dear friend Abe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, and the people of Japan.”
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