Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed while giving a campaign address in Nara, western Japan, on Friday.

According to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, Japanese police arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder and seized a firearm.

Yamagami Tetsuya has been identified as the suspect by police. Here’s everything we know about him.

Who is he?

  • Tetsuya lived in Nara, the city where Abe was assassinated.
  • Tetsuya worked for Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, or the Japanese navy, for three years until 2005, according to NHK, citing defense ministry sources.
  • Tetsuya had live-firearms training while there, according to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, citing the defense ministry.

The weapon:

  • According to police, Tetsuya shot Abe in the neck from around 10 feet away. Footage from the gathering appeared to show the shooter standing behind Abe with no evident protection surrounding him.
  • Images of the pistol believed to have been used in the shooting reveal that it was improvised, consisting of two metal barrels taped to a wooden board with black tape.
  • According to Kyodo News, police later discovered explosive-like devices inside Tetsuya’s home in Nara.

The reason

Tetsuya informed officers at the Nara-nishi police station that he “was dissatisfied with former Prime Minister Abe and aimed to kill him,” but that the attack was “not a grudge against the former Prime Minister’s political beliefs,” according to NHK.

Source: Business Insider


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