Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was delivering a speech near a school and subway station in the western Japanese city of Nara on Friday, July 8, when he was shot from behind.
The 41-year-old gunman was arrested even as Abe was rushed to hospital. NHK identified the man as Tetsuya Yamagami.
Twenty doctors tried in vain to save the two-time Japanese prime minister, whose death was announced at 5.03 pm local time.
IMAGE: Shinzo Abe canvasses votes for Liberal Democratic Party candidates ahead of Sunday's local election, moments before he was shot, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Photographs: Takenobu Nakajima/via Reuters
IMAGE: The first moment when smoke from gunfire is seen. Abe can be seen still speaking. The first bullet reportedly grazed him, while the second bullet hit him in the back.
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