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Why Was Shinzo Abe Shot?

Shinzo Abe was a Japanese politician who served as prime minister of Japan and President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020. He was born on September 21, 1954, and passed away on July 8, 2022. Shinzo Abe died on July 8, 2022.



In the annals of Japanese history, he holds the record for the longest tenure as Prime Minister.  Abe also held the office of Chief Cabinet Secretary under Junichiro Koizumi during the years 2005 to 2006, and he temporarily held the role of opposition leader in 2012.

On Friday morning in the southern city of Nara, Mr. Abe received two gunshot wounds. He instantly lost consciousness and was taken to the closest hospital. Photos obtained on the site revealed that he was bleeding.




The shooter was subdued by security personnel present at the site, and the 41-year-old suspect is currently in police custody.

Why Was Shinzo Abe Shot?

The reason for the shooting of Shinzo Abe is still unknown and remains a shock to the whole Japan.

At the time of the incident, Mr. Abe was making a campaign speech for a political candidate in Nara. Witnesses claimed to have observed a guy fire twice at Mr. Abe from behind while holding what they characterized as a heavy gun.

Security personnel apprehended the assailant, who made no attempt to flee and took his allegedly homemade pistol into custody.



Tetsuya Yamagami, a resident of Nara, has been named as the suspect. He is reportedly said to have served in Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, which is the country’s version of the navy.

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