Shinzo Abe's assailant initially planned to attack religious group leader: Police

Tetsuya Yamagami confessed to having a grudge against an organisation, possibly the religious group that he believed was linked to Shinzo Abe.

PTIUpdated: Saturday, July 09, 2022, 12:15 PM IST
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Shinzo Abe's assailant initially planned to attack religious group leader: Police | AP/PTI

The man who fatally shot former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told police that he initially planned to attack a leader of a religious group, the Japanese media reported on Saturday, quoting police sources as saying.

Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, has also said he had a grudge against a "specific organisation"--possibly the religious group-- that he believed was linked to Abe, Kyodo News reported, quoting the police. The religious leader was not identified in the report.

Abe, 67, died on Friday morning after being shot from behind during an election campaign speech near a train station in the western prefecture of Nara.

Yamagami was arrested at the scene where he was wielding a homemade gun. He has denied he committed the crime because he was opposed to Abe's political beliefs, according to the police.

He also did not have a clue about what he wanted to do in life after graduating from high school, and had quit a job two months ago because he felt tired', The Japan Times newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, police have conducted raids at his apartment in Nara on Friday and recovered explosives and homemade guns, the report said.

Yamagami, who attended a public high school in Nara Prefecture, wrote in his graduation yearbook that he didn't have a clue about what he wanted to be in the future, it said.

According to government officials, he had served as a Maritime Self-Defence officer in 2005 at the Kure base in Hiroshima Prefecture.

In 2020, he was employed at a manufacturing company in the Kansai region, but in April this year, he told the company that he wanted to quit because he was tired, and left the job the following month, it added.

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