World leaders react to the assassination

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was murdered Friday by a gunman who shot him as he showed up at a campaign event.

Abe’s death sent shockwaves across Japan, where lethal violence and shootings are extremely rare, and around the world.

The 67-year-old was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, having served in two roles from 2006 to 2007 and 2012 to 2020.

World leaders who worked alongside Abe during his tenure as prime minister have expressed grief and distress over his death.

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