Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assassinated during election campaign

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed on Friday while delivering a campaign speech on behalf of a member of his party days before the country’s legislative elections.

Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was rushed to hospital with injuries to his neck and left collarbone, apparently inflicted by an explosion from a homemade shotgun. Hours later, news of Abe’s death broke.

Police arrested the suspected shooter at the scene.

“I am very shocked to hear that former Prime Minister Abe was shot today,” said Takayoshi Yokoyama, a climate activist with 350 Japan. “Such violence is unacceptable. 350 Japan condemns all forms of violence and we seek solutions to the climate crisis through peaceful and non-violent citizen action.”

The shooting prompted expressions of outrage and grief from world leaders.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry called the assassination “an act of terrorism” and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez offered his “sounding condemnation of this cowardly attack”.

“Spain stands with the Japanese people in these difficult times,” Sánchez said. wrote in a Twitter post.

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