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Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe dies after being shot

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Shinzo Abe has died credit:Bang Showbiz
Shinzo Abe has died credit:Bang Showbiz

Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has died following a shooting on Friday (08.07.22).

The 67-year-old politician was giving a campaign speech in the city of Nara when he was gunned down and was airlifted to hospital where he was said to be in critical condition after suffering several gunshot wounds but it was later reported he had lost his fight for life.

News of his death was reported by Japan's national broadcaster NHK.

They tweeted: "[Breaking News] Officials say former Japanese Prime Minister #Abe Shinzo has been confirmed #dead. He was reportedly #shot during a speech on Friday in the city of #Nara, near Kyoto.(sic)"

It comes after Mr. Abe’s wife, Akie Abe, was said to have arrived in Nara to be by his side.

Current Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida previously gave an update on Abe's condition and said: "I am hoping and praying that former prime minister Abe will survive this. "

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said: "My thoughts are with him and his family. Nato stands with the people of our close partner Japan."

Mr. Abe was giving a campaign speech ahead of this Sunday’s upper house elections when he was shot in the chest and the neck and rushed to Nara Medical University hospital.

The shooter - believed to be a Nara man in his 40s who was a member of the maritime self defence force for about three years, until 2005 - did not attempt to flee and was taken into custody at the scene.

Japan has some of the world's toughest gun-control laws and it is believed the weapon used to attack him was homemade.

Mr. Abe was Japan's longest-serving premier before stepping down in 2020 citing ill health.

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