Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Assassinated
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died Friday after being shot. He was 67.
Abe was giving a campaign speech in the Japanese city of Nara when gunshots rang out. He collapsed and was seen bleeding before being transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Local police arrested a Nara resident on suspicion of murder, but haven't yet announced a motive for the shooting.
Abe served from 2006-2007 and again from 2012-2020, and was Japan's longest-serving prime minister. Tributes to Abe have come from leaders around the world. The White House released a statement saying it was "shocked and saddened" to hear of the attack. Former President Donald Trump called Abe "a unifier like no other" and "a man who loved and cherished his magnificent country."
Abe's assassination was the top story from most major news outlets Friday morning. Many reports on all sides highlighted how Japan has strict gun control laws and rarely experiences political violence.
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From the LeftJapan ex-leader Shinzo Abe assassinated while giving speech
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a divisive arch-conservative and one of his nation’s most powerful and influential figures, has died after being shot during a campaign speech Friday in western Japan, hospital officials said.
Abe, 67, was shot from behind minutes after he started his speech in Nara. He was airlifted to a hospital for emergency treatment but was not breathing and his heart had stopped. He was later pronounced dead despite emergency treatment that included massive blood transfusions, hospital officials said.
Police arrested the suspected gunman at the scene...
From the LeftFormer Japanese leader Shinzo Abe dies after being shot at campaign event
Former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe died on Friday after being shot at a campaign event, in an attack that shocked a country where gun violence is virtually nonexistent.
Abe, 67, was a towering political presence even after he stepped down as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, and he was campaigning ahead of elections scheduled for Sunday. He had just begun a speech in the western city of Nara, near Kyoto, when gunfire was heard around 11:30 a.m. local time (10:30 p.m. Thursday ET).
Officials said that one person had been apprehended in relation to the shooting....
From the RightShinzo Abe’s suspected assassin pictured behind him before killing
Chilling photos have emerged of the moment Shinzo Abe’s suspected killer casually stands behind him just before he assassinates the former Japanese Prime Minister.
The images show Abe — who was Japan’s longest-serving leader — starting a campaign-rally speech in the western region of Nara, smiling as those around him clap.
Standing just feet behind them was an innocent-looking masked man wearing military-style pants and with a bag slung around his back.
Within minutes of the divisive politician starting his speech, that same man — identified as disgruntled 41-year-old veteran Tetsuya...
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