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Japanese PM evacuated after loud explosion heard during outdoor event

At an outdoor event, the Japanese Prime Minister was present. A loud explosion could be heard.

Japanese media claimed that a pipe-like item was thrown towards Fumio Kishhida and appeared to be smoke bomb.

The incident occurred shortly after the leader began to speak at a Wakayama port. He was then evacuated.

Photo: Police at the scene. Pic: Kyodo News/AP

NHK reports that the man remained uninjured and took cover during the incident.


A news reporter reported that an eyewitness saw a flying object, and added: “It made me feel bad, so we ran very fast.” We then heard a loud noise. My daughter cried.”

The footage showed uniformed police officers pressing a man to the ground as the crowd fled. Later, the police confirmed that an arrest was made.

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Suspect held after blast during Japan PM visit
Photo: PM evacuated. Pic: Yomiuri Shimbun/AP

Shinzo Abe, the longest serving leader of Japan, died in July after being stabbed at close range during a speech for a political campaign outside a station.

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The assassination shocked a nation and led to a review of the security measures for politicians.

Mr Kishida visited the area to encourage one of his candidates who was taking part in local elections.


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