According to hospital officials, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s former prime Minister, was killed in an attack at an election rally on July 8. In a press conference following Abe’s death, NHK World reported that the gun bullets had “penetrated” his heart. Abe, 67 years old, was being delivered a speech in support of the Western City of Nara when he was shot from behind (02:30 GMT).
Hidetada Fukushima, chief of Nara Medical University’s emergency department, said Abe sustained “major damage in his heart” and “two neck wounds which damaged an artery”, resulting in extensive bleeding. Fukushima reported that he was in cardio-pulmonary arrest at 12:20 PM (local time). He never regained vital signs and died at 5:03 PM.
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According to local media reports, officials claimed that the bullet that hit Abe’s heart could not be extracted.
Yamagami Tetsuya was the attacker. He is a former soldier in his 40s. He was sentenced to prison for attempted murder. During interrogation, he stated that he was unhappy with Abe and wanted to kill him. News agency Reuters reported.
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Abe’s death marks the first assassination attempt on a Japanese sitting or ex-presidency since prewar militarism of the 1930s. Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan, condemned the shootings in the “strongest terms”, while Japanese leaders and the Japanese people expressed shock at the violence. In Japan, political violence is rare and guns can be tightly controlled.
Kishida struggled to control his emotions and said, “This attack was an act of cruelty that occurred during the elections – the very foundation of democracy – it is absolutely unforgivable.” Japan’s longest serving prime minister was Abe. Abe was in office from 2012 to 2020 for one year. Due to health reasons, he had to resign.
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The world leaders were outraged at Abe’s attack and expressed their sadness over his death. “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden death of Shinzo Abe, one of my closest friends. He was a formidable global statesman, a great leader and an extraordinary administrator. He gave his entire life to making Japan and the world better,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
“Incredibly sad news regarding Shinzo Abe. Many will remember his global leadership in uncharted times. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the Japanese people. “The UK stands by you in this dark and sad moment,” Boris Johnson, the UK’s ex-prime minister, tweeted.
“We are closely watching the reports and keeping our minds with his family, the people of Japan,” said the White House, the official workplace of US President Joe Biden. “So shocked to learn about the former PM of Japan-Shinzo abe. He was one of my first leaders when I became PM. He was a deeply committed man, but he was also generous and kind. His wife and all the Japanese people are in my thoughts. “Events like these shaken us all to our core,” Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister, said.
“I am shocked and deeply disturbed by the assassination Abe Shinzo. Fumio Kishida, his family and my friend, is my deepest sympathies. Our Japanese friends. “We stand close by Japan in these difficult hours,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz tweeted.