Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is confirmed dead on Friday after being shot by a gunman during a speech in the western city of Nara in Japan.

Abe, former leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was delivering a speech campaigning for an LDP candidate for Sunday's upper house election when the incident happened.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has condemned the attack as "barbaric" as global mournings pour in.

Suspected gunman Tetsuya Yamagami, a resident of Nara in his 40s, was arrested at the scene.

Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1954. He served four terms as the Japanese prime minister from 2006. After winning three terms, he resigned as prime minister in 2020 due to health problems.

After this incident, there is an atmosphere of mourning not only in Japan but all over the world.