Japan’s ex-leader Shinzo Abe was assassinated while giving a speech

Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has been assassinated while giving a campaign speech in southern Japan.

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Abe, 67, immediately collapsed after being shot in the neck and was rushed to the hospital.

The ex-leader had no vital signs and was bleeding heavily, hospital officials said. He was pronounced dead about five hours later.

The suspected attacker – reported to be a male in his 40s – was tackled at the scene and arrested.

Abe – in office from 2006-07 and 2012-20 – remains the country’s longest-serving PM and best-known figure internationally.

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