Shinzo Abe, a former Japanese prime minister who had been shot earlier at a campaign event, reportedly passed away.
According to Japan’s official station, NHK, Abe, who was wounded on Friday morning while giving a campaign address, passed away at the hospital to which he was rushed.
The 67-year-old Abe who holds the record as the longest serving prime minister in the Asian country, was shot in the back of the neck by an assailant who opened fire on him while campaigning for a parliamentary election.
The alleged assailant, a male in his 40s, was tackled on the spot and immediately taken into custody by the police after being taken into custody.
According to a statement from the Japanese Fire Department, Abe had injuries to the right side of his neck, and his left clavicle was in severe condition when he passed away during surgery.
State officials had earlier said Abe was shot in the neck and chest, causing significant internal bleeding, and was receiving a blood transfusion in attempts to save his life as he was in grave condition.
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