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Abe shooting caught police off guard in nation with few guns

Prime Minister Kishida promises security review as experts question readiness

In this photo of Shinzo Abe speaking at the rally, the suspected shooter, Tetsuya Yamagami, is the man in the polo shirt and cargo pants, second from right.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has raised questions about Japan's security protocols for prominent political figures and preparedness for attacks involving firearms.

The shooting took place around 11:30 a.m. Friday at an intersection in front of the Yamato-Saidaiji train station in Nara as Abe was campaigning for a candidate from his Liberal Democratic Party for this weekend's upper house election.

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