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Japan’s former leader assassinated in broad daylight

The former prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe was shot dead whilst giving a speech in the city of Nara earlier this morning.

A 41-year-old man was arrested by Japan’s security services at the scene of the murder, where Abe was delivering a speech.

Video footage at the time shows gunshots being fired and the suspect apprehended with what appears to be a home-made gun.

According to local reports, several possible explosive devices have since been recovered from the suspect’s home, who is said to be a former member of Japan's Maritime Self-Defence Force.

See more live coverage from the BBC here and New York Times here.

Sri Lanka’s leaders, including the war crimes accused president Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his brother the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, tweeted their tributes to Abe.

Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years, when he arrived on the island in 2014.

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