Two days before a national election, the former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was shot on Friday while giving a campaign speech in the western city of Nara, according to a source in the ruling party.
Around 11:30 a.m., a man, 41, attacked Japan’s longest-serving leader from behind. According to police, he was speaking in front of Yamato-Saidaiji Station on the Kintetsu Railway when two shots were fired, causing him to fall to the ground. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital with blood on his shirt.
On suspicion of attempted murder, Tetsuya Yamagami, a resident of Nara, was detained on the spot, according to the police. According to government sources, the suspect once served in the Maritime Self-Defense Force.
Following the shooting, Abe was immediately transferred to a hospital to be treated. According to a fire department official, he appeared to be in a state of cardiac arrest when airlifted to the hospital. Meanwhile, NHK showed live footage of Abe’s wife, Akie, as she took a train to the hospital, where he was being treated.
Nara emergency services noted that he had been wounded on the right side of his neck and left clavicle. His brother, Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi, also added that Abe was getting blood transfusions as the medical team fought to save his life. Sadly, he did not make it.
He was shot at around five and a half hours later, at 5:03 PM, according to the hospital that tried to save him. According to a doctor, Abe bled to death from two serious injuries, one of which was on the right side of his neck. The former prime minister had no vital signs when he was brought in.
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