file photo of Shinzo Abe Former Japanese PM

Monitoring Desk:

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot dead on Friday while campaigning. He is the longest-served PM in the country.

“Shinzo Abe was transported to (the hospital) at 12:20 pm. He was in a state of cardiac arrest upon arrival. Resuscitation was administered. However, unfortunately, he died at 5:03 pm,” said Hidetada Fukushima, professor of emergency medicine at Nara Medical University hospital.

Abe, 67, was delivering a stump speech with security present, but spectators were able to approach him fairly easily.

NHK quoted the suspect, identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, as telling police he was dissatisfied with Abe and wanted to kill him. He has since been taken into custody.

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