Shinzo Abe, Japan's former prime minister, assassinated at a campaign stop

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving leader, died on Friday hours after he was shot while campaigning for a parliamentary election

The shooter opened fire on Abe, 67, from behind

Five and a half hours after being shot, at 5:03 p.m. (08:03 GMT), he was declared dead.

Police reportedly took a 41-year-old man into custody after he was blamed for the shooting.

According to the police, the alleged shooter lived in Nara. His three-year military service in Japan, according to the media, ended in 2005.

Abe was prime minister for two terms before resigning in 2020 for health reasons.

Assassination of Japan's Shinzo Abe stuns world leaders

The act was denounced by leaders from Singapore to Turkey. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson termed the shooting "despicable."

To show the deepest respect for Abe, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared Saturday a day of national mourning.