Police acknowledge safety issues with ex-Japanese PM Abe

Vehicle believed to contain Shinzo Abe's body

The head of the Nara Prefectural Police, where former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was attacked, said there could be no denying there could be security issues with the victim politics. Tomoaki Onizuka stated this at a press conference, NHK reports.

“It cannot be denied that there was a security problem,”— he said. According to him, only one day was allotted for the preparation of security measures. Abe's itinerary was changed ahead of his visit to Nara.

“The result was sad, whether it was the position, organization, response to an emergency, or the personal capabilities of security officers. Whatever it is, we immediately intend to review this situation and reconsider many factors, — he said.

On the morning of July 8, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot twice in the back while giving a speech in Nara in support of the Liberal Democratic Party. According to doctors, the 67-year-old politician was wounded on the right side of the neck, as well as on the heart (in this place he had internal bleeding). A few hours later, he died in the hospital.

Suspect in the attack, 41-year-old Tetsuyu Yamagami, was detained at the scene, and his homemade weapon was confiscated from him. He offered no resistance and later confessed to what he had done. According to the detainee, Abe was a member of “a certain group” to which he disliked, so he decided to attack the ex-premier. Under interrogation, Yamagami explained that his mother was drawn into this group and donated money to her, after which family relations deteriorated. Earlier, he said that he wanted to kill Abe because he was dissatisfied with his policies.

Condolences over the death of Abe, among others, were expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, the Kremlin press service later announced that Putin would not go to Abe's funeral. The funeral will take place on July 12.

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