Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan, died this Friday, July 8th, at the age of 67 after being shot twice in the middle of a campaign rally in Nara, near Kyoto. The former president was rushed to the closest hospital, and a few hours later the public network NHK confirmed his death on social networks.
“News flash: official sources assure that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has died this Friday. He was shot in the middle of a rally in the city of Nara, near Kyoto“, the radio and television corporation announced to via Twitter.
The alleged perpetrator of the murder has already been identified. He is a ex-military man who was currently unemployed. The still suspect allowed himself to be seized by the bodyguards and police officers who were monitoring the event. At the moment, the reasons that would have prompted him to end the life of the politician are unknown.
Clearest video of the murder of Shinzo Abe I've yet come across.
Frankly the security cover was underwhelming. pic.twitter.com/OhYnvR5PlG
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Abe, who notably boosted the Japanese economy during his eight years in office based on a program baptized with the name of Abenomics, aspired to revalidate his deputy act in the legislative elections scheduled for this Sunday.
Japan is one of the strictest countries in the world when it comes to the acquisition and use of weapons, so the shocking event that ended the life of Shinzo Abe has generated many condolences, shows of consternation and indignation. Abe’s successor as head of government, Fumio Kishida, has described the crime as “unforgivable“.
“This attack is an act of brutality perpetrated during an election, the very foundation of our democracy, and it is absolutely unforgivable act“, declared the current Japanese prime minister while trying to hold back tears.
“I was desperately praying for him to survive.”
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