Shinzo Abe: Japan police chief resigns over ex-PM assassination

Japan’s police chief has said he will resign over the killing of former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Itaru Nakamura, head of the national police agency, said he wanted to take responsibility for the July 8 shooting.

An investigation has found there were serious flaws in how the ex-PM was protected.

Mr Abe was shot while speaking at a political campaign event in the city of Nara.

The 41-year-old gunman was able to walk up behind Mr Abe and shoot him with a homemade gun as he was giving a speech.

The 67-year-old suffered two bullet wounds to his neck and damage to his heart, doctors said.

Local police have already acknowledged “undeniable” flaws in security for Mr Abe.

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