Shinzo Abe, Japan’s former prime minister, collapsed during a speech after gunshots were heard, according to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK.
Abe collapsed in the western Japanese city of Nara around 11:30 a.m. Friday, according to NHK. An NHK correspondent reportedly heard two gunshots and saw Abe fall as he was bleeding from his chest.
BREAKING: Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot dead in the city of Nara, NHK reports. pic.twitter.com/R6vshJ4Elh
— The Japan Times (@japantimes) July 8, 2022
The former prime minister was reportedly rushed to hospital after the incident. Abe shows no vital signs after the reported gunshot, according to Japanese media.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) July 8, 2022
The Associated Press reports: “In Japan, officials sometimes use the term [heart failure] to describe situations where victims are no longer alive but before a formal declaration of death has been made.
The third video shows the shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the arrest of the shooter
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US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel tweeted that he was “saddened and shocked” by the news and prayed for Abe’s well-being:
We are all saddened and shocked by the assassination of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Abe-san was an outstanding leader of Japan and a staunch ally of the United States. The United States government and the American people pray for the well-being of Abe-san, his family, and the people of Japan.
— ラーム・エマニュエル駐日米国大使 (@USAmbJapan) July 8, 2022