Shinzo Abe, former Japanese prime minister, dies — after being shot at political rally

Shinzo Abe, former Japanese prime minister, is dead.

He was shot while giving a speech at a political rally.

Abe was in the city of Nara on Friday giving the speech ahead of Sunday’s upper house elections when two gunshots were fired around 11:30am.

According to The Guardian UK, Abe was shot in the chest and neck. He collapsed on the street, with several security guards running towards him.

A male suspect was immediately arrested at the scene. Videos showed the man in grey T-shirt and beige trousers being tackled by security guards.

The suspect was said to have been a member of the maritime self-defence force for about three years, until 2005.

He reportedly told the police he was frustrated with Abe and intended to kill him.

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