Shinzo Abe, Former Japanese Prime Minister, Shot Dead During Campaign Speech

Shinzo Abe has been assassinated.

Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, died Friday after being shot during a campaign speech in western Japan, hospital officials confirmed.

He was 67 years old.

Abe was shot in the right neck at around 11:30 a.m. local time, according to the Tokyo Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

He was declared a few hours later.

Police arrested a male suspect identified as Yamagami Tetsuya at the scene of the shooting in Nara … and authorities have since said he appeared to have carried out the killing with a homemade gun.

The shooting was “barbaric and malicious and cannot be tolerated,” said current Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, adding:

“We are doing everything we can. I would like to use the most extreme words to condemn this act.”

Abe served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020.

The BBC reported that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said after the news that he was “deeply saddened and deeply concerned” by the shooting at the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Indonesia.

“Our thoughts, our prayers are with him, his family and the people of Japan,” Blinken said Friday.

“This is a very, very sad moment. And we await news from Japan.”

NHK actually showed footage of Abe collapsing in the street with several security guards running towards him.

He was bleeding and holding his chest.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter that he was “deeply shocked by the horrific attack suffered by Shinzo Abe.

“Thoughts to the family and loved ones of the great Prime Minister. France stands with the Japanese.”

Abe became Japan’s prime minister in December 2012 and announced his resignation in August 2020 due to chronic illness.

He helped his country get to the Summer Olympics in 2020.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who resigned on Thursday, said in a tweet that he was “absolutely shocked and saddened to hear of the despicable attack on Shinzo Abe. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”

Johnson concluded:

“Incredibly sad news about Shinzo Abe. Many will remember his global leadership in unknown times.

“My thoughts are with his family, friends and the Japanese people. Great Britain stands with you in this dark and sad time.”

Former President Donald Trump, meanwhile, said it was “absolutely devastating news.”

He wrote on his social media app, Truth Social, that Abe “was a true friend of mine and, more importantly, of America.

“This is a huge blow to the wonderful people of Japan who loved and admired him so much.

“We are all praying for Shinzo and his beautiful family!”

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