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President Trump Reacts to Shocking Assassination of Japan’s Shinzo Abe [VIDEO]

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Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has been shot and killed by an assassin.

NARA, Japan, July 8 (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving leader, died on Friday hours after he was shot while campaigning for a parliamentary election, shocking a country in which political violence is rare and guns are tightly controlled.

A man opened fire on Abe, 67, from behind with an apparently homemade gun as he spoke at a drab traffic island in the western city of Nara, Japanese media reported.

President Trump has responded to the assassination on Truth Social.

Here is what he said:

This is a photo of Trump and Abe:

Here is video of the Abe shooting.

A search of the alleged gunman’s home uncovered what police believe are explosives, local media reported.

Speaking before Mr Abe’s death was announced, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned the attack, saying: “It is barbaric and malicious and it cannot be tolerated.”

“This attack is an act of brutality that happened during the elections – the very foundation of our democracy – and is absolutely unforgivable,” Mr Kishida said.

During a news conference at Nara Medical University Hospital, doctors said Mr Abe had sustained two bullet wounds to his neck, about 5cm (1inch) apart, and also suffered damage to his heart.

Mr Abe was said to be conscious and responsive in the minutes after the attack, but the 67-year-old’s condition deteriorated.

Doctors said no vital signs were detected by the time the former prime minister was transferred for treatment and he had to receive a blood transfusion in hospital.

Very sad. Our hearts and prayers are with his family now.