Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is assassinated at a campaign rally

Police tackled and arrested the suspected gunman at the scene of an attack that shocked many in Japan

It is barbaric and malicious and it cannot be tolerated," current Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told the media.

Abe, 67, served as prime minister in 2006 and 2007

and again from 2012 to 2020, when he suddenly resigned citing health issues

Despite leaving office, he remained influential within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and continued to be a force on Japan's political landscape.

Footage of the attack shows Abe standing, holding a microphone and speaking, when two booming shots ring out.

As prime minister, Abe worked to build up Japan's military

Born 21 September 1954 (age 67) Tokyo, Japan Death 08 July 2022 Kashihara, Nara, Japan ballistic shock