According to Japan’s Kyodo news agency, a police officer was injured in the explosion in Wakayama Prefecture, where Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was scheduled to speak.
According to the Kyodo news agency, citing eyewitnesses, the explosion sounded around 11:30 local time (5:30 Moscow time) in the Japanese city of Wakayama, when a young man threw a smoke bomb towards the place where Kishida was supposed to deliver his Speech. An explosion followed.
After hearing the sound of an explosion, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was evacuated during a speech in Wakayama Prefecture (west), local media reported.
The young man who threw the bomb at Kishida, a 24-year-old resident of the western city of Kawanishi, has been arrested and an investigation into his motives is still ongoing.
According to police, two cylindrical objects were seized at the scene, which caused minor injuries to a security officer.
Despite the incident, Kishida decided not to make any changes to the campaign schedule ahead of the local elections and spoke at Wakayama Station to apologize for the inconvenience caused by the incident.