8 Jul 2022

Shinzo Abe shooting: Man arrested after fatal attack on former Japanese PM

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Japan is in deep shock after the assassination of Shinzo Abe – the country’s longest serving prime minister. A 41-year-old suspect is in custody – police say he used a handmade gun to shoot Mr Abe as he was giving a campaign speech, just two days before the country’s national elections.

Leaders from around the world condemned what they called a “despicable attack” and “an act of terrorism”, while Japan’s current prime minister said the country would “not be defeated by violence”.