CORRECT: Japan’s national police chief resigns over Abe’s assassination

Japan’s national police chief has resigned over the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, AFP reports.

Abe was shot dead at a campaign event in July in the country’s western Nara region.

Incriminating police report on Abe’s murder

According to an AP report, Japan’s National Police Agency chief Itaru Nakamura’s decision to step down came after his agency released a report on how it failed to save Abe’s life on July 8.

The police report found holes in Abe’s security that allowed the alleged assailant to shoot him from behind.

But Nakamura did not say when his resignation would be official.

The alleged shooter, Tetsuya Yamagami, was arrested at the scene shortly after the shooting and is currently under psychiatric evaluation until the end of November.

Yamagami told police he targeted Abe because of the former leader’s ties to the Unification Church, which he hated.

Abe’s family paid tribute to him in a private Buddhist ritual on Thursday, marking the 49th day since his assassination.

Well, the last moments

Abe gave an incredible speech at an event ahead of Sunday’s upper house election, with security in attendance, but onlookers could get close to him quite easily.

Footage broadcast by NHK showed him standing on stage when a loud explosion was heard and smoke could be seen in the air.

Yamagami is then seen being tackled to the ground by security.

“He was giving a speech and a man came from behind,” a young woman on stage told NHK at the time.

“The first shot sounded like a toy. He didn’t fall and there was a loud crash. The second shot was more visible; you can see the spark and the smoke,” she added.

“After the second shot, people surrounded him and gave him CPR.”

Abe, 67, collapsed and was bleeding from the neck.

*This is a developing story

Compiled by Narissa Subramoney

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