Former Japanese PM Abe Shot Dead During Speech, “Frustrated” Assassin Arrested

Former Japanese PM Abe Shot Dead During Speech, “Frustrated” Assassin Arrested

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Update: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pronounced dead after an assassin with a homemade shotgun fired several shots from behind, hitting him in the left chest region.

Shinzo fell to the ground, where he could reportedly be seen bleeding from the neck. After being rushed to the hospital, Abe fell into cardiac arrest and was unable to be revived.

The gunman, 41, wearing a grey t-shirt and tan pants, did not flee the scene, and was taken into custody by the police.


While in custody, the gunman (a former maritime self-defense forces member) told police he intended to kill Abe because he was “frustrated” with the former premier, according to national public broadcaster NHK.

The assassination is one of Japan’s highest-profile acts of political violence since World War Two and came ahead of the country’s upper house election on Sunday, which the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is expected to win.

Japan is one of the world’s safest countries and has the strictest gun control laws. There are still no details on the homemade shotgun and its manufacturing.

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Update (2317ET): According to Kyodo news, former Japanese Prime Minister Abe is reportedly showing no signs of life and has suffered from cardiac arrest after being taken to the hospital, according to police and fire officials.

The 67-year-old was shot from approximately 3 meters (10 feet) away. The suspect, 41-year-old Yamagami Tatsuya, reportedly stayed on the scene until his arrest on an attempted murder charge.

Nikkei 225 futures erased gains following news of Abe’s collapse, while the yen gained with US Treasuries.

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly been shot in the chest during a campaign speech at around 11:30 a.m. in the city of Nara, near Kyoto. According to NHK what sounded like ‘consecutive bangs’ were heard, after which Abe could be seen bleeding – with some reports saying from the neck. It appears he was shot in the left chest area from behind.

The local fire department reports that Abe is in cardiac arrest, while Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) members reported him to be unconscious.

A suspect, believed to be a young or middle-aged man, was apprehended at the scene along with a shotgun, according to NHK.

Futures took an immediate hit on the news.




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