Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is assassinated by a gunman at a campaign rally

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, one of the nation’s most influential leaders since the war, was killed on Friday by a gunman who attacked him as he was attending a campaign rally in Nara, outside Osaka

Police arrested a suspected gunman at the scene of the shooting.

He was in the city of Nara, in the southwest, campaigning for a parliamentary election when he was shot from behind by a man wielding what appears in photos to be a homemade gun.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh said Tragic attack on my friend Former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Shinzo Abe, 67, is a former Liberal Democratic Party leader and Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, serving from 2006 to 2007 and then from 2012 to 2020, before stepping down for health reasons.

"It is barbaric and malicious and it cannot be tolerated," current Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told the media.

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