Japan former PM Shinzo Abe assassinated while giving speech

japan former pm shinzo abe assassinated while giving speech
japan former pm shinzo abe assassinated while giving speech

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving leader, passed away on Friday, hours after he was shot while campaigning for a parliamentary election, startling a nation where political violence is uncommon and firearms are strictly regulated.

Japanese media said that a man fired a handmade gun from behind at Abe, 67, while he spoke on a drab traffic island in the western city of Nara.

BREAKING: Japanese former PM Shinzo Abe shot while giving speech

It was the first assassination of an incumbent or former Japanese prime minister since the prewar militarism of 1936.

Five and a half hours after being shot, Abe passed away at 5:03 p.m. (0803 GMT) despite the best efforts of the attending physicians.

A doctor informed a nationally televised news conference that he bled to death from two severe wounds, one on the right side of his neck. The former commander was brought in with no vital signs.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned the shooting in the “strongest terms” prior to the announcement of Abe’s death, while the Japanese people and international leaders expressed horror.

“This attack is an act of cruelty that occurred during the elections – the very cornerstone of our democracy – and it is completely inexcusable,” Kishida stated while attempting to control his emotions.

Police reported the arrest of a 41-year-old man suspected of carrying out the shooting. Tetsuya Yamagami, the suspect identified by NHK, reportedly told police he was dissatisfied with Abe and planned to kill him.

Abe was delivering a campaign rally in front of a train station when two shots were fired. Then, security personnel were observed tackling a man wearing a grey T-shirt and beige pants.

A businessman at the area, Makoto Ichikawa, told Shauntv, “There was a loud explosion followed by smoke.”

“No one knew what was going on after the first shot, but after the second shot, what appeared to be special police tackled him.”

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