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Japan's ex-leader Shinzo Abe assassinated while giving speech

BY: The BBC
Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe
Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has been assassinated while giving a campaign speech in southern Japan.

Abe, 67, immediately collapsed after being shot in the neck and was rushed to hospital.

The ex-leader had no vital signs and was bleeding heavily, hospital officials said. He was pronounced dead about five hours later.

The suspected attacker - reported to be a male in his 40s - was tackled at the scene and arrested.

Abe - in office in 2006-07 and 2012-20 - remains the country's longest-serving PM and best-known figure internationally.

Credit: The BBC