Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Assasinated

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died after being shot during a campaign speech in the western city of Nara on July 8.

Abe was delivering a speech on a street at 11:30 a.m. local time when he was shot in what appears to be an assassination attempt.

Nara City Fire Department officials said that Abe was unconscious and is thought to be under cardiopulmonary arrest, Nikkei Asia reported.

Public broadcaster NHK reported that Abe was bleeding and was rushed to a hospital by helicopter.

Officials from his Liberal Democratic Party said that Abe was attacked from behind and that the weapon used seemed to be a home-made shotgun.

41-year-old Yamagami Tetsuya, who allegedly shot former Japan PM Shinzo Abe being tackled by security personel.

The shooter was later identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, a resident of Nara and a former maritime self-defence force member who said he was unhappy with Abe and wanted to kill him.

As of 5:03 p.m. local time, Abe has been declared dead after attempts to save his life at the hospital failed.

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