Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (67) dies after couple of gunshot during a campaign event in Nara city on Friday at around 11:30 am local time. This came as a surprise that Japan has the strictest gun laws in the world. However, the suspected shooter has been arrested.
Abe, who has served Japan as a Prime Minister for the longest time had just started his speech ahead of elections for the upper house of Parliament when the sound of firing was heard. It was heard twice before Abe fell unconscious with blood reeling out from his neck and chest.
It is believed that he suffered cardio and pulmonary arrest, saying that his heartbeat has stopped operating. He was rushed to Nara Medical University Hospital where the doctors after working ruthlessly on his treatment declared him dead.
After the news of Abe’s death circulated, several world leaders, pay their deep thoughts on the death news of Abe including India Prime Minister Narendra Modi who took to Twitter to pay his condolences to the ex-Japanese counterpart stating, “shocked and saddened on the demise of my dearest friend, Shinzo Abe”.
Present PM Fumio Kishida too strongly condemned the attack on the former PM and believed Japan doesn’t tolerate the gun attack as they had very strong laws regarding arms and attacks.
He said, “this is an act of cruelty which took place during the elections and it shook our democracy as a whole. It is the unforgivable act and the accused will face strict actions.”
Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi had good diplomatic and internal relations with each other. Abe had visited India four times to discuss various matters.
Police and security officials of Abe have detained the suspected shooter Tetsuya Yamagami identified as a 41-year-old who was unsatisfied with the Ex-PM’s policies and wanted to kill him for a long.
Shinzo Abe has served as the Prime Minister of Japan for the longest time first coming into the throne from 2006 to 2007 and after that from 2012 to 2020, stepping down after that citing his ill health.
He also served as the Chief Cabinet Secretary from 2005 to 2006 and as the leader of the opposition in 2012.
By: Mohit Singhal