Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha expressed his deepest condolences over the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated by a lone assailant with a homemade firearm this morning in Japan while giving a public speech.
Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said on Friday, July 8th, that the Prime Minister had acknowledged the great loss of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who is loved by everyone, especially the Japanese citizens.
During his eight-year term in office, Abe played an important role in strengthening relations between Japan and Thailand. His official visit to Thailand in 2013 was the first by a Japanese government leader in 11 years.
“The Prime Minister, on behalf of the Thai government and Thai people, would like to express his deepest condolences to the family, the Japanese government, and the Japanese people for this great loss,” the government spokesperson stated.
A 41-year-old Japanese man reportedly carrying a homemade shotgun was arrested immediately following apparently firing two shots at Abe. The suspect was tackled and detained by Abe’s security detail. Abe had been taken by helicopter to a hospital but sadly passed away after being unresponsive and from heart failure a short time later.
The suspect remains in custody and an investigation is ongoing. The event has shocked Japan to the core, a nation with strict firearm laws and which rarely has homicides reported where a gun is used.
The shocking assassination has driven outrage and grief across social media and from across the world with many prominent leaders and celebrities writing condolences online.
The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.
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