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Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Assassinated

'He was a true friend of mine and, much more importantly, America... '

UPDATE: Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe was pronounced dead early Friday morning after being assassinated while giving a speech.

Original story below:

(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) In an apparent coldblooded attack that has been called “dastardly and barbaric,” former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reported early Friday morning to be in critical condition after being shot while delivering a speech in Nara, Japan.

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The unfolding news was greeted with an outpouring of well wishes and remembrances of Abe, who was a vocal critic of China and embraced strengthening ties with the U.S. to fight totalitarian regimes.

Former President Donald Trump called the shooting “Absolutely devastating news,” calling Abe “a truly great man and leader.”

“He was a true friend of mine and, much more importantly, America.”

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The White House responded with a statement from a spokesman, informing that President Joe Biden was aware of the situation and the administration was “closely monitoring the reports and keeping our thoughts with his family and the people of Japan.”

Former Vice President Mike Pence called Abe “an unshakeable ally of the U.S.,” and he joined the “millions praying for this truly good man and his family.”

The vile sentiments spewing from some of the same totalitarian regimes Abe fought to purge were celebratory in their sheer hate.

In unfolding updates, NHK World News reported that Abe remained hospitalized without apparent vital signs. A suspect was apprehended shortly after the assassination attempt, and the alleged shooter has been charged with attempted murder.

As the situation remained tenuous and Abe’s fate increasingly dire, the well wishes continued to flow.

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