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The security team missed the decisive 2.5 seconds in the shooting of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

Eight security experts who reviewed footage of the former Japanese leader’s assassination said the bodyguards could have shielded or put Mr Abe out of reach.

They also concluded that the failure to protect former Prime Minister Abe from the second shot exposed a series of security flaws.

Mr. Koichi Ito, a former member of the Tokyo Police Tactical Unit, said, “About 10 police escorts have been deployed. If these escorts clearly understand their role and communicate properly with those involved in the crime, they will be deployed. other escorts to be more aware of their surroundings, I think they can even stop the first shot. Even if they can’t, there’s still about 2 seconds until the second hit, so make sure they can avoid the problem.”

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before his assassination

Former US Navy SEAL team member John Soltys said Mr Abe’s bodyguards did not appear to have a ‘concentric ring of security’ around him, or ‘any form of crowd control’ . ” any.

And Kenneth Bombace, the head of Global Threat Solutions who provided security for Joe Biden, believes the security team should have noticed and intervened when the attacker “clearly knew” was walking behind him. Abbe.

Abe (67), Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot dead with a homemade gun on July 8 in the city of Nara.


The shooter, identified by police as 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, was uncontrolled and was within a few meters of Mr Abe.

Tetsuya Yamagami, the perpetrator of Mr Abe’s assassination, was arrested at the scene

Gun violence is rare in Japan, and politicians often hold public talks with a moderate security regime. However, Japanese officials, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, have acknowledged security flaws in the case. Currently, the case is under investigation.

Nara Prefectural Police, in charge of security for Mr Abe’s speech, said they were “undertaking to thoroughly identify security issues”, but declined to comment further.

Yasuhiro Sasaki, a retired policeman, said security forces were adequate but “didn’t sense the danger” and “everyone was surprised” when the attack happened.

The National Police Agency said Abe’s shooting was the result of police failing to perform their duties. The agency has set up a team to review security and protection measures.