Ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 67, Assassinated During Public Meeting

Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe, who served as the longest leader of Japan, was assassinated during an election campaign. He was shot twice during an election rally on Friday on a street in Nara.

Abe’s assassin was tackled by security officials and the suspect has been taken into custody. The shooter has been identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, and he admitted to shooting Shinzo Abe as he harbored resentment against a particular organization, as revealed by police.

Several handguns were confiscated from the home of the suspected attacker, according to police. Explosives were recovered from the home of the assassin of Abe.

The assassin told officers that he harbored resentment against Shinzo Abe for belonging to a particular group though they did not specify the reason the former prime minister was singled out for the attack.

When asked if the assassin had admitted an intention to kill Abe, the police only said that Yamagami had admitted to the killing of the former prime minister.

Assassination Of Shinzo Abe Condemned By PM Fumio Kishida

Fumio Kishida, the Prime Minister of Japan, condemned the shooting of Abe and said that it was malicious and barbaric and would not be tolerated.

He added that the killing of Abe was an act of brutality and said that it had occurred during elections, the foundation of Japan’s democracy. Kishida was speaking before Shinzo Abe’s death was confirmed.

Abe was shot twice in his neck and also suffered heart damage. He was conscious and responded immediately after the attack but sank subsequently.

By the time Shinzo Abe was moved for treatment, doctors failed to detect vital signs. He received over 100 units of blood over 4 hours, but doctors failed to revive him. Shinzo Abe was declared dead at 05:03 pm local time (08:03 am GMT).