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JAPAN: Suspect indicted for attempted murder of Prime Minister Kishida

THE person believed to be responsible for an attempted assassination of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Japan earlier this year was indicted on attempted murder Wednesday, according to a report.

Prosecutors indicted Ryuji Kimura, 24, on attempted murder and other charges after he allegedly threw a pipe bomb at the country’s leader in April, as he was campaigning in the fishing port of Saikazaki, in the western Japanese city of Wakayama, Japanese media reported.

The incident injured two people, although Kishida was unhurt, officials said. Kimura was wrestled to the ground and subsequently arrested at the scene.

The explosive attack came about a year after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated while campaigning for elections on July 8, 2022. Both attacks were isolated incidents, carried out by a lone attacker using a homemade weapon.


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