Jakarta, IO – Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe died after having been shot while giving a campaign speech ahead of the upper house election in Nara, Sunday (10/7).
According to a senior LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) official, Abe was rushed to a hospital in Kashihara city, where he received emergency medical treatment. Unfortunately, medics could not save his life, reported NHK on Saturday (8/8).
He suffered from gunshot wound on the right side of his neck, bleeding in his left chest, and succumbed to heart failure.
According to a bystander at the scene, two loud gunshots were heard before Shinzo Abe was seen bleeding profusely and fell to the ground.
The police arrested an individual named Tetsuya Yamagami (41), who lives in Nara City. He was identified as the gunman and is allegedly a former member of the Japanese Defense Force. Security officers also confiscated what appeared to be a handmade shotgun.
Shinzo Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister who held office from 2006-2007 and again from 2012-2020. Previously, he was Chief Cabinet Secretary in Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi administration. (rr)