Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has died, after he was shot on Friday in the western Japanese city of Nara. He was 67.
Hospital officials at the Nara Medical University told local reporters after the shooting that the former Japanese leader arrived at 12:20 p.m. without any vital signs. He reportedly lost a lot of blood from his gunshot wounds. Hospital authorities did a blood transfusion and tried to resuscitate him before he was declared dead at 5:03 p.m.
Abe was shot while campaigning for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) ahead of elections in Japan’s upper parliament on Sunday. A man was apprehended at the scene after apparently firing two shots with a weapon that appeared to be a makeshift firearm.
Current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned the attack in the “harshest words possible.”
Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister since World War II and perhaps the most prominent politician of the East Asian country, held office from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020. He resigned in 2020, citing health issues.