Japan’s former prime minister shot dead at rally

Japan’s former prime minister shot dead at rally

He was Japan’s strongman for almost 10 years. Shinzo Abe, 67, was shot and killed on Friday July 8 while giving a speech in Nara in western Japan. A speech as part of the campaign for the legislative elections.

At 11:30 a.m. (local time), Shinzo Abe was at the stage, located in the street at a crossroads, when a man approached from behind with a homemade sawed-off gun. Videos from people filming the speech show the man firing a first shot which did not hit the ex-prime minister. We can see a plume of smoke and frightened reactions from the crowd. After this first shot, the man triggered his weapon a second time, this time hitting Shinzo Abe in the neck. The former prime minister died a few hours later in hospital.

Shinzo Abe retired in 2020. He is the longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history, having ruled for just under 9 years in two terms.

The author of the shot, an individual in his forties, was tackled to the ground after his second shot and arrested. His motives are not known at this time.


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