Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe (archive).
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been taken to hospital after collapsing while delivering a speech in the city of Nara in western Japan, state broadcaster NHK reported on Friday.
A sound of gunfire was heard and a suspect was arrested , NHK said. A Japanese TV reporter at the scene said he heard two consecutive detonations as Shinzo Abe gave his speech.
Kyodo News reported that the former prime minister was unconscious and appeared to be in cardiac arrest.
More details to come