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Shinzo Abe shot while making election speech in Japan
July 8, 2022

 

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NARA, Japan, July 8 (Reuters) - Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister, was shot on Friday while campaigning for a parliamentary election, with public broadcaster NHK saying a man armed with an apparently homemade gun opened fired at him from behind.

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-ex-prime-minister-abe-may-have-been-shot-taken-hospital-nhk-2022-07-08/

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What a sad tragedy . He stepped down from POM post because of his health only to be shot twice in the back by a lunatic with a homemade weapon at that . 

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Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe assassinated while giving campaign speech
08 Jul 2022 04:57PM

TOKYO: Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe died of his injuries on Friday (Jul 8 )after he was shot while campaigning for a parliamentary election.

"Shinzo Abe was transported to (the hospital) at 12.20pm. He was in a state of cardiac arrest upon arrival," said Hidetada Fukushima, professor of emergency medicine at Nara Medical University hospital.

"Resuscitation was administered. However, unfortunately he died at 5.03pm," he told reporters.

Abe was flown to hospital by helicopter after a shooter opened fire while the former prime minister was delivering a campaign speech in the western region of Nara.

But he was already showing no vital signs by the time he reached the hospital, with bullet wounds to the neck and chest. One bullet appeared to have entered through his left shoulder.

Abe died of blood loss, despite being administered blood transfusions in large quantities, Fukushima added.

The former prime minister's wife Akie Abe arrived at the hospital earlier on Friday afternoon and Fukushima said the family had been informed of Abe's death.

Abe, 67, had been delivering a speech near a train station when he was shot by an assailant at around 11.30am.

Footage broadcast by NHK showed Abe standing on a stage when a loud blast was heard with smoke visible in the air.

Police said a 41-year-old man suspected of carrying out the shooting was arrested. NHK reported that the suspect, identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, told police he was dissatisfied with Abe and wanted to kill him.

It was the first assassination of a sitting or former Japanese premier since the days of prewar militarism in the 1930s.

Speaking before Abe's death was announced, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned the shooting in the "strongest terms" while Japanese people and world leaders expressed shock at the violence in a country in which political violence is rare and guns are tightly controlled.

"This attack is an act of brutality that happened during the elections - the very foundation of our democracy - and is absolutely unforgivable," said Kishida.

Police said the suspected shooter was a resident of Nara. The gun used in the shooting appeared to be a homemade firearm, NHK reported earlier.

Several media outlets the suspect as a former member of the Maritime Self-Defense Force. Abe's younger brother, Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi, declined to comment on that.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/japan-former-pm-shinzo-abe-assassinated-shot-nara-campaign-speech-2796576

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This will change how they handle security in Japan for ever.

Poor Shinzo, terrible tragic end caused by a grudge-holding scumbag.

Rest in peace.

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