Shinzo Abe, the former Japanese Prime Minister, passed away on Friday after he was shot twice during an election speech in Nara city.
The shocking incident conspired while he was addressing an election meeting ahead of Sunday's polling for the Upper House of the Parliament.
As per the Japanese public broadcaster NHK, the former PM was bleeding and an NHK reporter present at the incident heard a sound “like a gun going off”.
Meanwhile, another witness reportedly heard gunshots in the apparent attack in Nara while he was standing while making an election campaign speech ahead of Sunday’s election for the parliament’s upper house.
After being rushed to the hospital Abe showed no vital signs, reported news agency AFP.
The latest reports also suggest that a man has been arrested for the attempted murder of ex-PM Shinzo Abe and a gun has also been confiscated, reports said. The NHK reported, "Police say a man has been taken into custody. The site is near Yamatosaidaiji Station in Nara City."
The former Japanese PM shares a bond of friendship with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. Both the leaders have displayed their camaraderie several times, when they visited each other.
Now, PM Modi has offered his condolences via tweet as he wrote, “I am shocked and saddened beyond words at the tragic demise of one of my dearest friends, Shinzo Abe. He was a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator. He dedicated his life to make Japan and the world a better place.”
As per the Indian Express report, Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, agreed to upgrade bilateral ties to "Special Strategic and Global Partnership". The relationship grew and encompassed issues from civilian nuclear energy to maritime security, bullet trains to quality infrastructure, Act East policy to Indo-Pacific strategy.
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