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Shinzo Abe Assassinated: Former Japanese Prime Minister dies after campaign event shooting

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died after being shot during a campaign event in the western city of Nara, Japan. Local journalist Kaori Enjoji reports from Tokyo.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died on Friday after being shot while giving a campaign speech, officials said. He was 67.

The big picture: Abe, who was most recently in office from December 2012 to September 2020, was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. He resigned in 2020 for health reasons but remained influential in politics.

What happened: Abe was shot while giving a campaign speech in the city of Nara ahead of Sunday’s elections for the parliament’s upper house, NHK reported.

  • He was rushed to the hospital, but showed no vital signs, per NHK. He sustained two gunshot wounds, and died shortly after 5 pm local time, health officials said a press conference. 
  • A man in his 40s was taken into custody.
  • Shootings are extremely rare in Japan — a country with some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the world. To read more go to the link below:

https://www.axios.com/2022/07/08/former-japanese-prime-minister-collapses-during-speech

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