By InfactNG, with Agency Report
Shinzo Abe, the longest serving Japanese Prime Minister has been assassinated.
Abe who was shot yesterday while on a campaign trail was taken into a hospital by helicopter after he was treated on the scene but has now been confirmed dead, according to local Japanese media.
Shinzo, who stepped down in 2020 due to ill health, was shot around 11:30 local time in Nara city, about 300 miles from the capital Tokyo.
Japan has a parliamentary election coming up this Sunday and that is why he was out on the streets giving a speech supporting one of the candidates in the city.
There have been concerns and questions on the identity of the suspected attacker, a man said to be in his 40s, and how he got the gun he used in a crime that is an extreme rarity in the Asian country.
Mr. Abe, 67, was shot twice and had a wound around the right side of his neck. The suspect was subsequently tackled to the ground and has been kept in custody of the police.
Timeline to Tragedy:
- Abe was campaigning in the southern city of Nara for a parliamentary election – around 300 miles (480km) from the capital city Tokyo
- He was giving a stump speech for political candidate Kei Sato – a current member of the Upper House running for re-election in Nara
- Two shots rang out and Abe is believed to have been shot in the neck
- He immediately collapsed and was rushed to the nearest hospital
- Security officials at the scene tackled the gunman, who is now in custody
- An unidentified weapon was filmed on the ground after the attack. There have been suggestions the attacker was using a home-made gun but police have not confirmed this.