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Shot in the chest, former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe dies

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was declared dead after being shot by an unknown person in Nara City, Japan, Friday (8/7/2022). Abe dies after receiving medical treatment

Launching from NHK, Japan's public broadcaster, the sad news was conveyed by a senior official of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Earlier, Abe was shot while speaking for a campaign for the upper house candidate from the Liberal Democratic Party.

According to a TBS Television report, Abe was shot in the left chest and apparently also in the neck.

Citing Reuters, broadcaster NHK said Abe appeared to have been shot with a rifle from behind by a man.

Kyodo news agency said Abe's heart appeared to have stopped beating when the 67-year-old was rushed to hospital.

Meanwhile, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno revealed that he did not know Abe's condition.

However, Matsuno briefly explained that Abe was shot at around 11.30 local time or at 09.30 WIB.

"This barbaric act is unacceptable," Matsuno said at a press conference.

Furthermore, NHK, Japan's public broadcaster, said several gunshots were heard and puffs of white smoke were seen while Abe was delivering a speech outside a train station in the western city.

An NHK reporter reported from the scene that they heard two gunshots in succession while Abe was speaking.

Abe served as prime minister for two terms and is the longest-serving prime minister. He stepped down as prime minister in 2020 due to health conditions.

Posted : 08/07/2022 3:25 pm