The shot reached the front of the neck of the former Japanese prime minister, according to the doctors who treated him, who confirmed that he bled to death.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died after being hit by shotgun fire during an election rally on Friday. He transferred by ambulance and later by helicopter after the incident, but the health services have not been able to save his life.
Japan’s Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, has condemned the attack and confirmed that the motive for the attack is still unknown. Abe was 67 years old, belonged to the Liberal Democratic Party, and ruled Japan for 9 years.
“It is not yet known what is behind this incident, but this is a barbaric act at a time of elections, which are the basis of democracy, so we can never forgive it, and we condemn it with the greatest possible force. “said the visibly excited prime minister.
The doctors who treated the former Japanese president explained at a press conference that they tried to reverse the serious situation in which he arrived at the hospital with several blood transfusions, but he finally bled to death. The shot hit him in the front of the neck. The brother of the former president has affirmed that it is “a sacrilege against democracy.”
Dismay among world leaders
The president of the European Commission, and the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, lamented this Friday the “brutal” death of Shinzo Abe. Von der Leyen condemned the “cowardly murder” of Abe, whom he defined as “a fantastic person” and “a great democrat”, while Michel pointed out that “I will never understand the brutal death of this great man”.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May called him a “statesman, a reliable partner, and a trusted ally.” Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed sadness over the attack on the former prime minister of Japan, an ally of Washington. “This is a very, very sad moment,” Blinken told reporters at the G20 in Bali.
Other world leaders have reacted with dismay to the news. “Deeply shocked by the attack on my great friend Abe,” writes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with whom the Japanese leader had a close relationship.
Abe has been the prime minister of Japan for more years in the service of his country. He ruled in 2006 and then returned to power between 2012 and 2020. Hit by the harsh effects of the tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster, in 2012 Japan found in Abe a leader who could move the country forward. He did it with his well-known “Abenomics” strategy, consisting of massive budgetary injections and profound structural changes.
The former prime minister, the third generation of a family of politicians (his father was a foreign minister and his grandfather was prime minister in the late 1950s), was a key figure on the world political stage during his term. His decline was closely related to the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, which plunged Japan into a serious recession.