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Former Prime Minister Abe dies after being shot while campaigning in Nara

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died Friday after being shot while delivering a stump speech in the western city of Nara two days ahead of a national election.

Japan's longest-serving leader was shot by a 41-year-old man from behind at around 11:30 a.m. when he was speaking in front of Kintetsu Railway's Yamato-Saidaiji Station, police said, adding he collapsed on the ground after two shots were heard. He was rushed to a hospital with blood seen on his shirt.

A doctor with the Nara Medical University Hospital said at a press conference that Abe died at 5:03 p.m. and the wound was deep enough to reach his heart, adding the cause of death is believed to be blood loss.

R.I.P. Abe

I may not have liked him, but that's no way to go. Can't imagine what his wife and kids are going through now.

Last edited by manuel - on 08 July 2022

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