Shinzo AbeJapan’s longest-serving former prime minister was shot dead on Friday in the southern city of Nara, about 300 miles from the capital Tokyo.
Abe, 67, was campaigning for the re-election of Kei Sato, an upper house member of Japan’s parliament.
The attacker was caught on camera standing a short distance behind Abe as the politician sat on a platform to address voters outside Yamato-Saitaiji train station in Nara.
Witnesses say the man was carrying what they described as a large gun He shot twice from behind. It was 11:30 am (local time).
Abe collapsed at the scene with injuries to his neck and back, according to reports.
Security officers forced the suspect to the ground and arrested him, while Abe was taken to a nearby hospital.
The former prime minister was bleeding internally and the hospital began life-saving procedures with a blood transfusion.
However, after about four hours, The hospital pronounced him dead at 17:03 (local time)..
Doctors say he suffered two lacerations that damaged an artery and severe damage to his heart. Both wounds were deep and the cause of death was blood loss. No bullets were found during the operation.
What do you know about the attack?
- Abe was campaigning in the city of Nara, about 480 miles from the capital Tokyo.
- His speech was in support of the re-election of Guy Sato, a member of the upper house of parliament.
- Two shots were fired, one of which hit Abe
- He immediately fell down and was taken to a nearby hospital.
- Security agents forced the attacker to the ground and arrested him
- The attacker is believed to have used a home-made weapon.
A homemade weapon
The attacker, who is in custody, has been identified Tetsuya Yamagami41 years old and resident of Nara.
Pictures taken before the attack show him wearing camouflage pants and a cross-body bag, with which he is said to be carrying a gun.
A later photo shows what appears to be a homemade weapon on the ground.
According to police, the man admitted to using a homemade gun made of wood and metal and taped to shoot Abe.
Gun ownership laws are very strict in Japan, so buying one is very difficult.
Following a police raid on Yamagami’s home, They found items believed to be explosives Also homemade weapons.
The suspect had a grudge against a “specific organization” he believed Abe was a part of, but officials did not provide details about the group’s name.
Local media reported that Yamagami told the police that he “felt sorry for the former prime minister and him”. His goal was to kill him”.
He is said to be a former member of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the country’s navy.
After confessing to the attack, the assailant told police he had a hatred for a “specific organization” and that he believed Shinzo Abe was part of that group.
It’s unclear exactly how he learned Abe was at the political rally, as the former prime minister’s presence was only confirmed the night before.
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