Shinzo Abe, John F Kennedy, Franz Ferdinand — Political Assassinations That Shook the World

New Delhi: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died on Friday after being shot during a campaign speech in the city of Nara. The suspect, identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, reportedly told police he was unhappy with Abe.

Abe – 67 at the time of his death – was the country’s longest-serving prime minister.

In light of Abe’s assassination, ThePrint examines previous examples of world leaders brought down in political contexts around the world.

Vazgen Sarkissian

On October 27, 1999, Vazgen Sargsyan, then Prime Minister of Armenia, was shot dead by a group of gunmen who stormed the parliament in the capital Yerevan as he stood in a gallery. According to a report by The New York Timesthe assassination was motivated by dissatisfaction with the government.

Yitzhak Rabin

On November 4, 1995, then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was shot dead as he walked backstage after delivering a speech at a peace rally in Tel Aviv’s central square. . The shooter, identified as Yigal Amir, was a 25-year-old Israeli Jew.

mohamed boudiaf

On June 29, 1992, the President of Algeria’s ruling Supreme State Council, Mohamed Boudiaf, was shot in the back and head as he addressed a meeting in the Mediterranean port city of Annaba. . Boudiaf, 73, died in a hospital about three hours after the shooting. The assassin, who was wearing the uniform of a riot trooper, was shot dead immediately. According to a report by The New York Timessome sources believed the assassination was the work of the Islamic Salvation Front, while others believed that a “disgruntled group” within the armed forces of a former ruling party was behind the assassination. offensive.

Anwar Sadat

On October 6, 1981, a group of assassins disguised as soldiers shot and killed Egyptian President Anwar Sadat as he attended a military victory parade commemorating the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war. According to a report by BNC Newsone of the founders of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad group, Al-Zomor, admitted supplying the ammunition and knowing about the plot, but denied leading it.

Wasfi Tal

Wasfi Tal was the 15th Prime Minister of Jordan until his assassination on November 28, 1971, after attending an Arab League summit. He was shot dead by four gunmen from Black September, which is a Palestinian militant organization. Tal was the first victim of this organization which was an offshoot of the Palestinian militant organization Fatah, led by Yasser Arafat. Arafat later claimed responsibility for the murder.

Hassan Ali Mansour

Iran’s Prime Minister was shot dead by the fundamentalist group Fada’iyan-e Islam on January 27, 1965. At the time of his assassination, he was about to deliver his first State of the Union address at the Majlis. After getting out of his car, he was shot three times. He served as Prime Minister during the White Revolution and was shot three days before his birthday. He was also the founder of the Progressive Party of Tehran

John F Kennedy

On November 22, 1963, the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was shot while driving a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas. The accused, Lee Harvey Oswald, was a former Marine who allegedly had Marxist sympathies and had defected to the Soviet Union for a time. Oswald’s trial never took place, as he was shot by Jack Ruby, a disgruntled Dallas nightclub owner, while being transferred while in police custody.

Liaquat Ali Khan

Pakistan’s first prime minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, was shot twice in the chest while addressing a gathering of 10,000 people in Rawalpindi on October 16, 1951. Prior to partition, he also briefly held the post Acting Prime Minister of Finance of India. government. Upon his death, Khan was honored with the title “Shaheed-e-Millat” or “Martyr of the Nation”. The place where he was shot was later renamed Liaquat Bagh. Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s first female prime minister, was killed in a suicide bombing at the same location on December 27, 2007.

Franz Ferdinand

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in a royal motorcade, during an official visit to Bosnia on June 28, 1914. World War I is believed to have started following his death. It was the second assassination attempt, the first being a grenade attack that destroyed a car behind his vehicle. The Archduke and his wife were on their way to meet the wounded when they were shot dead by Bosnian Serb student Gavrilo Prinicip.

William McKinley

William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, was shot September 6, 1901 while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He died of an infection caused by a gunshot wound on September 14. The accused, named Leon Czolgoszand, was present at the show meet and shot McKinley, 58, when it was his turn in the receiving line. He was caught, arrested and found guilty during his trial, after which he was executed.


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