Former Japanese PM Abe dead after being shot at campaign event

Bloomberg | | Updated on: Jul 08, 2022
Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe lies on the ground after apparent shooting during an election campaign for the July 10, 2022 Upper House election, in Nara, western Japan July 8, 2022. in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo via REUTERS

Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe lies on the ground after apparent shooting during an election campaign for the July 10, 2022 Upper House election, in Nara, western Japan July 8, 2022. in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo via REUTERS | Photo Credit: KYODO

Police captured male suspect at scene of apparent shooting of former Prime Minister Abe

Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe has been confirmed dead after he was shot at a campaign event on Friday, public broadcaster NHK and Jiji news agency reported.

"According to a senior LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) official, former prime minister Abe died at a hospital in Kashihara city, Nara region, where he was receiving medical treatment. He was 67," NHK said.

Earlier, Shinzo Abe collapsed and was carried away by an ambulance at a political event in the southern city of Nara on Friday after gunshots were heard, national broadcaster NHK reported.

"Former prime minister Abe was shot at around 11:30 am in Nara. One man, believed to be the shooter, has been taken into custody. The condition of former prime minister Abe is currently unknown," chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters.

FILE PHOTO: Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

FILE PHOTO: Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. | Photo Credit: JORGE SILVA

Abe was apparently shot in the chest, NHK said, adding a man had been apprehended at the scene. The suspect appeared to be a young or middle-aged man, an NHK reporter said.

Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was showing no vital signs after apparently being shot at a campaign event in the Nara region on Friday.

The former leader had been delivering a stump speech at an event ahead of Sunday's upper house elections when the apparent sound of gunshots were heard, national broadcaster NHK and the Kyodo news agency said.

Police have recovered the gun used to in shooting of Abe.

Abe, 67, collapsed and was bleeding from the neck, a source from his ruling Liberal Democratic Party told the Jiji news agency.

Nikkei 225 futures pared gains after news of Abe’s collapse.

 

Published on July 08, 2022
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