Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has died, according to Japan's national broadcaster NHK.
He was 67.
Abe succumbed to injuries after being shot while he was giving a campaign speech in the city of Nara.
At a press conference, a doctor said that no vital signs were detected when Abe arrived at the hospital.
He added that Abe bled to death despite the doctors' efforts to rescue him, BBC reported.
A man who was reported to be his 40s has been arrested at the scene shortly after for attempted murder.
The gunshot came as a shock as Japan has one of the strictest gun control laws in the world.
The man was reported to be a former military man who had made the gun himself.
According to BBC, Abe's visit to Nara was only confirmed late last night (Jul. 7).
He was there to give a speech in support of one of the candidates running the upcoming parliamentary election which will be held on Sunday (Jul. 10).
Abe was Japan's longest-serving prime minister.
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