Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Dies After Being Shot, Aged 67

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The former Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has died after being shot, aged 67. 

According to the country’s broadcaster NHK, he was pronounced dead on July 8, a few hours after the incident.

The news outlet claims Abe was making a campaign speech for the Liberal Democratic Party candidate in the western city of Nara at around 11:30am.

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It’s believed he was wounded in the neck and heart.

Medical officials, from the Nara Medical University, have reportedly stated that the 67-year-old died from blood loss.

NHK claims that a male suspect, believed to be ‘in his forties,’ was ‘detained at the scene’.

Abe was Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister before resigning in 2020.

After hearing the tragic news, many people have taken to social media and paid tribute.

One penned: “Japan and the whole world are mourning the loss of a great and extraordinary leader. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played a significant role in strengthening relations between countries in Asia and various continents.”

“Just unbelievable news out of Japan. Impossible to overstate how important a figure Shinzo Abe has been there and how rare gun violence is,” a second said.

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A third wrote: “I am shocked and saddened beyond words at the tragic demise of one of my dearest friends, Shinzo Abe. He was a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator. He dedicated his life to make Japan and the world a better place.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also paid tribute, tweeting: “Incredibly sad news about Shinzo Abe. His global leadership through unchartered times will be remembered by many. My thoughts are with his family, friends and the Japanese people.

“The UK stands with you at this dark and sad time.”

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