It has been reported that former Prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe 67 has died in a hospital after he was shot while delivering a speech ahead of a parliamentary election on Friday.
According to the policemen and firefighters, Mr Abe who was shot by 11:30 am local time, fell to the ground after the second shot was fired and was seen bleeding while speaking at the front of Kintetsu Railway’s Yamato-Saidaiji Station ahead of Sunday’s upper house elections.
He collapsed and was taken to the Nara Medical University Hospital in Kashihara City but showed no sign of life according to the local police and emergency services.
According to the Nara City Fire Department, he had cardio-pulmonary arrest before he was taken to the hospital.
Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, a former member of the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF), was arrested by the police on suspicion of attempted murder after a handmade gun was found on him from the area where Mr Shinzo Abe was shot in Nara.
The former Prime minister was also confirmed dead by the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Mr Hirokazu Matsino.
Mr Matsino said the Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida will return to Tokyo from Yamagata Prefecture where he was campaigning and all cabinet members have been requested to move to Tokyo.
The shooting took place as Mr Abe Shinzo, the former leader of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was in Nara supporting an LDP candidate contesting in the House of Councilors election on Sunday.
Mr Shinzo Abe was the longest serving leader in Japan. He served as prime minister from 2006 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2020.
He left his position in September 2020 because of chronic intestinal disease.