FORMER Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has died in hospital after being fatally shot in the neck and chest during a political rally. Abe, 67, had been de
FORMER Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has died in hospital after being fatally shot in the neck and chest during a political rally.
Abe, 67, had been delivering a stump speech near a train station in the western city of Nara when he was shot by an assailant.
Yamagami Tetsuya has been named as the suspected gunman.
The 41-year-old was immediately apprehended after allegedly shooting former PM Abe
Abe was rushed to the hospital after collapsing – with the politcian’s younger brother telling reporters that the former PM was receiving a blood transfusion.
Ex-Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe had earlier said in a tweet that Mr Abe was in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. The term is often used before a death is officially confirmed in Japan.
Citing a senior member of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, national broadcaster NHK said “former prime minister Abe died at a hospital in Kashihara city, Nara, where he was receiving medical treatment. He was 67.”
The alleged shooting took place in Nara, Japan, and was captured on video.
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