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World leaders stunned by Abe's shooting pray for recovery

World leaders stunned by Abe's shooting pray for recovery

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — World leaders expressed shock with every one other accompanied by anguish over Friday's shooting of Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe throughout a military operation speech with every one other accompanied by prayed for his fast recovery.

Abe was report inside western Japan with every one other accompanied by airlifted to a hospital. Officials said he was not breathing with every one other accompanied by his heart had stopped. Police have arrested a suspected gunman at the scene. The assault was a shock inside one of the world's safest countries accompanied by some of the strictest firearm jurisdiction laws.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the U.S. was "deeply saddened with every one other accompanied by greatly concerned" over the attempted killing of Abe.

"We don't know his condition. We do know that apparently he's been shot. Our thoughts, our prayers are accompanied by him, accompanied by his family, accompanied by the people of Japan. This is a very, extremely sad moment," he said on the sidelines of the Group of 20 rich with every one other accompanied by developing nations gathering on Indonesia's Bali island.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump said the assault on Abe was devastating. He described Abe while a "truly great male with every one other accompanied by leader" with every one other accompanied by said he "was a accurate friend of pit and, a a large amount of additional importantly, America."

"This is a very great blow to the wonderful people of Japan, who loved with every one other accompanied by admired him so much. We are all praying for Shinzo with every one other accompanied by his beautiful family!" Trump said on his communal media app.

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese echoed the sentiments.

"Shocking report from Japan that former PM Shinzo Abe has been shot. Our thoughts are accompanied by his family with every one other accompanied by the people of Japan at this time," Albanese tweeted.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was inside Sydney gathering accompanied by Albanese on Friday, said she was "deeply shocked."

"He was one of the earliest leaders I formally met when I became Prime Minister. He was greatly committed to his role, with every one other accompanied by too 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. "My thoughts are accompanied by his spouse with every one other accompanied by the people of Japan. Events exist fond of this vibrate us all to the core."

Asian leaders were too stunned.

"Deeply distressed by the assault on my dear friend Abe Shinzo. Our thoughts with every one other accompanied by prayers are accompanied by him, his family, with every one other accompanied by the people of Japan," Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong slammed it while a "senseless take deed of violence."

"Mr. Abe is a good friend of Singapore. I had fair hosted him to lunch inside May, on my pay someone a call to Tokyo. My thoughts with every one other accompanied by prayers are accompanied by Mr. Abe with every one other accompanied by his family," Lee said on Facebook.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo said he learned the report accompanied by great shock with every one other accompanied by dismay. "I expand my deep commiseration with every one other accompanied by pray for his early recovery," he said.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, who is inside Bali while president of the G-20, conveyed the G-20 overseas ministers' "deepest sympathies with every one other accompanied by our prayers for the speedy recovery" of Abe.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said he was saddened with every one other accompanied by shocked. "The management with every one other accompanied by people of Malaysia are praying for his speedy recuperation with every one other accompanied by for his family to exist specified ability to endure this tragedy," he tweeted.

Other former world leaders condemned the appalling assault on Abe, who was the longest serving main minister inside Japan. He led Japan from 2006 to 2007 with every one other accompanied by on one occasion additional from 2012 earlier to stepping down inside 2020 due to poverty-stricken health.

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said "an assault on some democratically elected political leader inside the world is an assault on supporters of democracy everywhere."

"Shinzo Abe has been a dynamic political leader of Japan over numerous years, with every one other accompanied by we all hope that he will recuperate with every one other accompanied by resume his important responsibilities inside the Diet," Rudd said on Facebook.

Two other former Australian Prime Ministers, Tony Abbott with every one other accompanied by Malcolm Turnbull, reacted inside disbelief. Abott called it a "shocking take deed of violence" with every one other accompanied by Turnbull said he was horrified. They both expressed hope with every one other accompanied by prayers that Abe will pull through.

Former U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien paid tribute to Abe while a "towering figure inside Japan with every one other accompanied by the entire Indo-Pacific."

"May God bless him accompanied by a filled recovery," he said.

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Associated Press journalists around the world contributed to this report.

World leaders stunned by Abe's shooting pray for recovery

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