Shinzo Abe 67 Dies

Shinzo Abe 67 Dies After Being Shot During Speech
Shinzo Abe 67 Dies After Being Shot During Speech

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Live Updates: Shinzo Abe, 67, Dies After Being Shot During Speech, A 41-year-old man is under arrest for the shooting of Mr. Abe.

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, died Friday at the age of 67, after being shot while campaigning for a candidate ahead of national elections.

Police arrested the suspect, Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, on a preliminary charge of attempted murder before Mr. Abe’s death was announced.

Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Mr. Abe was shot in the right neck and left chest.

Video footage on social media showed Mr. Abe, 67, collapsed and bled to the ground in the western city of Nara, near Kyoto.

Hidetada Fukushima, professor in charge of emergency medicine at Nara Medical University Hospital, said Friday night that Mr. Abe was announced dead there shortly after 5 p.m.

Dr. Fukushima said Mr. Abe was taken to hospital at 12:20 p.m. and showed no vital signs.

He said Mr. Abe was shot.

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Dr. Fukushima said that doctors tried to stop the bleeding and did a blood transfusion, but were unable to revive him.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told a news briefing before Abe’s death was announced that the attack was a “common act”.

“It is barbaric and malicious and cannot be tolerated,” he added.

Mr. Abe was giving a campaign speech on behalf of Kei Sato, 43, a Liberal Democratic Party member from Nara who was running for re-election to parliament’s upper house.

Mr. Abe had been speaking for less than a minute when he heard two explosions behind him.

Pictures circulated on social media showed a man being assaulted after the shooting near Yamatosidagi station.

The man was a resident of Nara, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK.

Police said they found an improvised weapon.

Mr. Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister.

He served two terms, from 2006 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2020. He resigned in 2020 due to ill health.

Firearms violence is rare in Japan, with only 10 shooting incidents contributing to death, injury or property damage reported in 2021, according to National Police Agency statistics.

These incidents resulted in the death of one person and the injury of four others. The figures do not include accidents or suicides.

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Mourners began laying flowers near the site where Abe was assassinated in Nara, Japan.