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Assassination of Japan's Shinzo Abe stuns world leaders

Assassination of Japan's Shinzo Abe stuns world leaders

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Friday's shocking assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe inside one of the world's safest countries stunned leaders with every one other accompanied by drew condemnation, accompanied by Iran calling it "terrorism" while European leaders slammed the "despicable" attack.

Tributes poured inside while governments expressed sorrow with every one other accompanied by solidarity accompanied by Japan over the mislaying of Abe, who was Japan's longest-serving leader earlier to stepping down inside 2020 for health reasons.

Abe, 67, was report from behind inside Nara inside western Japan while giving a military operation speech. He was airlifted to a medical organization with every one other accompanied by subsequent pronounced dead.

U.S. President Joe Biden said he was "stunned, outraged, with every one other accompanied by greatly saddened," with every one other accompanied by he visited the residence of Japan's ambassador to the U.S. on Friday to provide condolences. He placed a bouquet of flowers on a bench place up near a koi pond with every one other accompanied by wrote inside a condolence book that Abe was "a male of tranquillity with every one other accompanied by judgment."

"This is a tragedy for Japan with every one other accompanied by for all who knew him," Biden said. "His eyesight of a without charge with every one other accompanied by not shut Indo-Pacific will endure. Above all, he cared greatly concerning the Japanese people with every one other accompanied by dedicated his existence to their service."

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who hastily returned to Tokyo from military operation events around the country, condemned the "unforgivable act." He said campaigning while well while Sunday's elections for parliament's upper house will proceed.

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"The without charge with every one other accompanied by fair election, which is the root of democracy, needs to exist protected no indeed matter what. We will not exist defeated by violence," Kishida said.

Biden called Kishida "a extremely firm guy" with every one other accompanied by said he did not exist convinced by the killing was probable to have "any profound, destabilizing impact on Japanese safety or Japanese solidarity."

Leaders from Turkey to Singapore condemned the attack. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with every one other accompanied by the French overseas management dividing called the shooting "despicable," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "horrific" with every one other accompanied by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez "cowardly."

"I have fond memories of gathering Mr. Abe with every one other accompanied by his spouse throughout their pay someone a call to the United Kingdom inside 2016," Queen Elizabeth II said inside a written statement. "His deep affection for Japan, with every one other accompanied by his wish to forge ever-closer bonds accompanied by the United Kingdom, were clear."

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted his "deepest condolences to his family with every one other accompanied by the people of Japan at this difficult time," while South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol called the shooting "an intolerable criminal act," his office said.

Iran said it was "an take deed of terrorism."

"As a country that has been a victim of terrorism with every one other accompanied by has lost great leaders to terrorists, we are following the report closely with every one other accompanied by with concern," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.

Public broadcaster NHK aired a theatrical video of Abe giving a speech external outside a train stopping place inside Nara. He is standing, dressed inside a navy blue suit, raising his fist, when set of two gunshots are heard. The video at that hour dated shows Abe collapsed on the street.

Jordan's King Abdullah II said he was shocked with every one other accompanied by saddened. "The world lost a great leader, with every one other accompanied by Jordan with every one other accompanied by I lost a accurate friend," the monarch tweeted.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Abe was one of the earliest leaders she met following taking office with every one other accompanied by described him while greatly committed to his role, generous with every one other accompanied by kind.

"I recall him asking following the recent mislaying of our favourite when I met him, a small signal nevertheless one that speaks to the sort of human being he is," Ardern said. "Events exist fond of this vibrate us all to the core."

In the NHK video, safety guards are seen leaping on top of a male inside a gray shirt who lies face down on the pavement. A double-barreled device that appeared to exist a handmade firearm is seen on the ground.

Police arrested a have a suspicion at the scene. Under Japanese law, ownership of firearms is unlawful lacking a exceptional license. Importing them is too illegal.

Leaders from Germany, Pakistan, Sweden with every one other accompanied by the Philippines were too among those who gave condolences, with every one other accompanied by numerous countries including Spain with every one other accompanied by France expressed solidarity accompanied by Japan. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a day of national mourning on Saturday while a mark of deepest esteem for Abe.

"Mr. Abe made an immense contribution to elevating India-Japan relations to the flat of a exceptional planned with every one other accompanied by worldwide partnership. Today, whole India mourns accompanied by Japan with every one other accompanied by we stand inside solidarity accompanied by our Japanese brothers with every one other accompanied by sisters inside this difficult moment," Modi said.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Abe was a "giant on the world stage," adding that "his legacy was one of worldwide impact, with every one other accompanied by a profound with every one other accompanied by positive one for Australia."

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose hour dated inside office from 2005-2021 mostly overlapped Abe's, said she was "deeply shocked with every one other accompanied by devastated" by the "cowardly with every one other accompanied by vile assassination."

Taiwan's management said "Abe spared no indeed attempt to push for the forward movement of Taiwan-Japan relations for numerous years," noting his efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for the Japanese management to donate vaccines to Taiwan.

Italian Premier Mario Draghi said Italy was embracing Abe's family, the management with every one other accompanied by the Japanese people.

"Italy is distraught over the dreadful assault opposed to Japan with every one other accompanied by its free, democratic debate. Abe was a great protagonist of Japanese with every one other accompanied by international political existence inside recent decades, gratitude to his innovative spirit with every one other accompanied by reformist vision," Draghi said inside a statement.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt noted that Abe was killed "while campaigning for his fellow communal gathering members. All politicians should exist protected from danger while executing their labour for democracy."

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, who is president of the Group of 20 nations' overseas ministers gathering inside Bali, Indonesia, said Abe "will always exist remembered while a main example for all."

The International Olympic Committee praised Abe for his "vision, resolution with every one other accompanied by dependability" that allowed it to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for one year since of the COVID-19 pandemic. It said the Olympic banner will exist flown at fifty per cent of staff at Olympic House inside Lausanne for trio days.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump said he hoped Abe's murderer will exist dealt accompanied by "swiftly with every one other accompanied by harshly." "Really BAD NEWS FOR THE WORLD!" he said on his communal media platform. He said Abe "was a unifier exist fond of no indeed other, nevertheless above all, he was a male who loved with every one other accompanied by cherished his magnificent country, Japan."

In China, however, Abe's shooting triggered unfavorable comments from tens of thousands of nationalist citizens on communal media.

Some quipped, "Hope he's not OK," while dozens half-jokingly called the shooter "a hero" or "anti-Japan hero." Others said Abe's injuries were a ease to the souls of people who died inside Japan's invasion of China throughout World War II.

While not necessarily the view of most Chinese, the posts reflect strong condition sentiment — encouraged by management propaganda — opposed to right-wing Japanese politicians who question or deny that Japan's military committed atrocities inside China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China expressed sympathies accompanied by Abe's family with every one other accompanied by that the shooting shouldn't exist linked accompanied by bilateral relations.

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Associated Press journalists around the world contributed to this report.

Assassination of Japan's Shinzo Abe stuns world leaders

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