Someone threw an explosive device at Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a campaign event in a fishing port in western Japan on Saturday. He had to be taken away.
No one was hurt, and the cops caught a suspect as people ran away in fear and smoke filled the air.
After what happened, Kishida kept running for office at Saikazaki port in Wakayama county. The bomb went off right before he was going to talk.
Hirokazu Matsuno, the head of the Cabinet, said that “the suspicious object” was thrown by a young man who was arrested at the scene.
Matsuno said, “Elections are the most important part of a democracy, and we should never allow violence or threats to stop them.”
The secretary wouldn’t say anything about the suspect’s motives or past because the police are still looking into it.
It wasn’t clear right away what the subject had or how many of them he had. Some reports said it was a smoke bomb or pipe bomb, probably with a delayed fuse.
TV video of the event showed Kishida’s security team pointing to the ground near him, while the prime minister turned around.
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The camera then turns to show the crowd as officers in uniform and plain clothes move toward a young guy with a white surgical mask and a long silver tube.
As they work to take out the tube, they hear a big blast near where Kishida was standing. This causes the crowd to spread out.
Kishida didn’t say anything about the blast, and later that night he went back to the Tokyo area.
Matsuno said that he had told the national police to do everything they could to protect dignitaries who are coming to Japan before the Group of Seven meeting in May.
The attack on Saturday comes before national and local elections and less than a year after the shocking murder of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which caused top local and national police chiefs to quit.
Kishida went to the area to back the candidate of his ruling party in a local election.
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