OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday he was saddened by the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and hailed him as a visionary.
“The assassination of Abe Shinzo is incredibly shocking – and I am deeply saddened. The world has lost a great man of vision and Canada has lost a close friend,” Trudeau said, offering his condolences to Abe’s widow, Akie, and to the people of Japan.
“You will be missed, my friend,” he added.
Abe, 67, was pronounced dead in hospital on Friday after being shot during a political event in the Japanese city of Nara.
A 41-year-old man was arrested.
He is shown in footage released by NHK being tackled to the ground by security after at least two shots appear to have been fired from a weapon described as a “homemade gun”.



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