Shinzo Abe assassination: Biden, Brazilian prez mourn ex-Japan PM's death | highlights

Updated on Jul 08, 2022 11:42 PM IST

Abe was shot at while delivering a stump speech at an event ahead of Sunday's upper house elections, national broadcaster NHK and the Kyodo news agency said.

FILE PHOTO: Japan's then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands in front of Japan's national flag after his ruling Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) annual party convention in Tokyo, Japan, March 5, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Japan's then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands in front of Japan's national flag after his ruling Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) annual party convention in Tokyo, Japan, March 5, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo(REUTERS)

Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has passed away hours after being shot at during a campaign speech Friday in western Japan, officials said.

Local fire department official Makoto Morimoto said Abe was in cardio and pulmonary arrest after being shot and was taken to a prefectural hospital.

Global leaders have expressed shock and concern over the news of attack on Abe.

A suspect has also been arrested by the Japanese law enforcement agencies for attempt to murder, the report further added. The man appeared to be in his 40s and a gun had reportedly been confiscated.

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