Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida evacuated from speech venue after sound of explosion
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was evacuated Saturday from a venue where he was expected to give an outdoor speech after an “explosion-like sound” at the scene.
Video footage released by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK showed members of the public fleeing and a man being arrested following the incident.
The footage showed multiple men, believed to be police officers, holding the suspect on the ground.
The dramatic scenes took place in the city of Wakayama, where Kishida had been due to give a speech.
A city council member who was at the scene told NHK that shortly before the explosion was heard a “cylindrical silver object” had flown “about two meters in front of me.”
Another eyewitness also reported seeing “a silver cylinder,” saying it “was thrown and then shone a bit before a big sound was heard.”
Japanese officials say Kishida is safe and unharmed.
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