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Former Japan PM, Shinzo Abe, dies due to gunshots: Modi announces day of mourning

After an official said earlier that Abe was in a state of cardiac arrest when airlifted to the hospital, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reported to have succumbed to his gunshot wounds. He died after being shot and critically wounded during a campaign in the city of Nara, West Japan. 


Doctors had tried to revive Abe, who was reportedly wounded on the right side of his neck and left clavicle. Doctors stated that "the bullet had penetrated the heart". He was treated for more than 4.5 hours but doctors were unable to save him as he was bleeding profusely and the blood transfusions were to no avail. 


Shinzo Abe was carried to the hospital at 12:20 pm and was in a state of cardiac arrest upon arrival, said Hidetada Fukushima, the professor of emergency medicine at Nara Medical University hospital. He stated that resuscitation was administered but unfortunately Abe died at 5:03 pm, he said. 


A senior Liberal Democratic Party official stated that former prime minister Abe died at a hospital in Kashihara city, Nara region, where he was receiving medical treatment. He was 67 years old.


The Japanese police have now raided the home of the arrested suspect, video footage from Japanese news outlets shows several police officers filing into a building identified as the suspect's residence. The police officials were seen wearing helmets and body armour while carrying protective shields.


Police said a 41-year-old man suspected of carrying out the shooting had been arrested. The suspect, identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, was recorded telling the police that he was dissatisfied with Abe and wanted to kill him. He told police, however, that he has no grudge against Shinzo Abe's political beliefs.


The suspect had served in the Maritime Self-Defense Force for three years and had reportedly made the gun he used on Abe himself.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about his relationship with the former Japanese PM stating: "I had got to know him during my tenure as Gujarat CM and our friendship continued after I became PM. His sharp insights on economy and global affairs always made a deep impression on me"


He expressed deep distress over the attack made on Abe: "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"


Prime Minister Modi has announced that India will observe a one-day national mourning tomorrow and the Indian Flag is to Fly at half-mast tomorrow.


 


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