Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed while delivering a campaign speech at a rally in the city of Nara, in the southwest part of the country.
The 67-year-old served as prime minister in 2006 and 2007, and again from 2012 to 2020. Abe was campaigning for a parliamentary election when he was shot from behind. Abe suffered major damage to his heart in addition to two neck wounds that damaged an artery, causing extensive bleeding, according to Nara Medical University emergency department chief Hidetada Fukushima. The suspect was arrested on the scene, and it was revealed that he served in Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force for three years in the 2000s.