Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shot dead

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.

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.

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.

US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel tweeted that he was “saddened and shocked” by the news and prayed for Abe’s well-being:


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