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Longest Serving Former Prime Minister Of Japan Is Dead After Being Shot

Longest Serving Former Prime Minister Of Japan Is Dead After Being Shot

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

July 8th, 2022:  The former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died in hospital after being shot during a campaign event.

Mr. Abe was shot twice while delivering a speech on Friday morning in Nara, a city in southern Japan. The attack occurred while he was making a stump speech at a road junction in Nara for a political candidate.

After collapsing, he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. In the minutes following the attack, Mr. Abe appeared conscious and responsive, but his condition later deteriorated, and he needed a blood transfusion in hospital.

A 41-year-old suspect was taken into custody by police after security officials tackled the gunman. Tetsuya Yamagami, a Nara resident, has been identified as the suspect. He is believed to be a former member of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, which is equivalent to the navy in Japan.

 

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