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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dies after shooting

Shinzo Abe was shot during a campaign speech in western Japan, local media and officials say. Police detain the suspected attacker.

Shinzo Abe was shot dead in Nara, according to a government spokesman. Local media reported that the country’s longest-serving prime minister did not show vital signs. (AFP)

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has passed away, and NHK, a public broadcaster, announced.

Abe, 67, was giving an election speech near a train station in western Nara when he was shot by a perpetrator on Friday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters, “Prime Minister Abe was shot dead around 11:30 am on Friday.”

“A man suspected of being a shooter was detained. The condition of former Prime Minister Abe is currently unknown.”

“For whatever reason, such barbaric acts are never tolerated, and we strongly condemn them,” Matsuno added.

Local media outlets such as NHK and Kyodo News, which broadcast nationally, said the former prime minister appears to be in a “cardiopulmonary arrest.” This is a term often used in Japan before coroners fear death.

Attacks on men, who may be Japan’s most famous politician, occur despite the country’s famous low-level violent crimes and strict gun law.

Prime Minister Abe was giving an election speech in the presence of security guards prior to the Upper House election on Sunday, but the audience was able to approach him fairly easily.

The video broadcast by NHK shows a loud blast and standing on a stage where smoke can be seen in the air.

Then you can see the guards sticking the man into the ground.

Prime Minister Abe had collapsed and was bleeding from his neck, a source from his ruling Liberal Democratic Party told Gigi News Agency.

An official at Nara Medical University Hospital said, “I can share that the transfer has been completed here,” and declined to comment on the status of the former leader.

“Sad and shocked”

Several media outlets reported that he appeared to have been shot from behind.

According to Gigi, the government has formed a task force in the wake of the incident, and the reaction has already begun.

“We are all sad and shocked by the shooting of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,” US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.

“The US government and the American people pray for the well-being of Mr. Abe, his family, and the people of Japan.”

Gen Nakatani, a special adviser to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, told reporters that “terrorism and violence are never tolerated,” Gigi reported.

Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Prime Minister Abe, was forced to resign for a year in 2006 and from 2012 to 2020 due to ulcerative colitis in a debilitated bowel condition.

He is a hawkish conservative who has pushed to amend Japan’s pacifist constitution to recognize the country’s army and remains a prominent politician even after resigning.

Japan has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world, and the annual death toll from firearms in 125 million countries is regularly reduced to one.

Obtaining a gun license is a long and complex process, even for the Japanese, who must first get a recommendation from the Shooting Association and then undergo rigorous police checks.

Source: TRT World and distributors

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