India Loses A Friend : Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Assassinated ; Shashi Tharoor, Rahul Gandhi, Rajnath Singh, JP Nadda, Hardeep Singh Puri Pay Tributes

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As soon as the news of the assassination of former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo at a rally in Nara, Western Japan , came in several leaders took to twitter and while expressing shock lauded Abe for strengthening India – Japan relations.

Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, had stepped down in 2020 citing health reasons. He was the prime minister of Japan twice, from 2006-07 and again from 2012-20. He was succeeded by Yoshihide Suga and later by Fumio Kishida.

Earlier on Friday, Abe, 67, was rushed to hospital after he was shot in the chest from behind by a 41-year-old gunman, while delivering a speech in the western Japanese city of Nara at 11.30 am (local time). He was campaigning for Sunday’s elections for Japan’s upper house of Parliament.

“According to a senior LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) official, former prime minister Abe died at a hospital in Kashihara city, Nara region, where he was receiving medical treatment. He was 67,” NHK said. The hospital authorities at the Turner’s Medical University said that the former prime minister was treated for more than 4.5 hours but doctors were unable to save his life. He was bleeding profusely and blood transfusions were given to him but to no avail.

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Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP

Rahul Gandhi, Former Congress president

Rajnath Singh , Defence Minister

JP Nadda, BJP president

Hardeep Singh Puri , Urban Development Minister

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