Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died after being shot by a gunman during a campaign event. The suspect is from Nara.
According to local media, the attacker was “dissatisfied” with Abe and wanted to kill him.
The 41-year-old ex-Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force member opened fire on Abe with a homemade rifle.
When two shots rang out outside a train station in the western city of Nara, Abe was giving a campaign speech.
The shooting is a shocking development in a country known for its low levels of violent crime and strict gun laws, and it involves perhaps Japan’s most well-known politician. When the apparent sound of gunshots was heard, Abe was delivering a stump speech at an event ahead of Sunday’s upper house elections.