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GUNMAN SHOOTS JAPAN EX-PRIME MINISTER DURING A CAMPAIGN RALLY

Former Japan Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe has been shot at while delivering a speech during a rally where he was campaigning for a Parliament seat in the upcoming elections.

According to reports, police have since apprehended a 41-year-old gunman who opened fire using a homemade gun on Friday.

Minutes after being apprehended, the suspect identified as Tetsuya Yamagami was quoted telling the police that he wanted to kill Abe because he was dissatisfied with him.

In a picture taken minutes after the shooting, Abe can be seen lying on the ground with a blood stained white shirt as he is being administered with heart massage as part of first aid treatment.

NARA, an emergency service said Abe was wounded on the right side of his neck as well as on the clavicle. He died a while after being flown to a hospital.

World leaders including the current Japan Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida has condemned the attack which happened in the western city of Nara.

“This attack is an act of brutality that happened during the elections – the very foundation of our democracy – and is absolutely unforgivable,” Kishida told reporters.

According to reports, Japan is one of a few countries with rare political violence and has strict laws on guns hence the attack of this kind is very unusual in Japan.

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