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Japan police believe suspect in Shinzo Abe’s death “chose the most lethal weapon.”


Police in Japan believe the suspect who shot former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe deliberately chose a weapon that was highly lethal.

Tetsuya Yamagami has confessed that he had “made several homemade weapons,” including attempting to make a bomb, with the aim of creating a firearm “that would be as lethal as possible,” according to police sources accessed by ‘Kyodo News’.

As a result, police believe the murder suspect was intentionally trying to make a firearm that would be as lethal as possible, NHK television reported.

Officers searched Yamagami’s home in the western city of Nara and confiscated weapons similar to the apparently homemade one found at the site where Abe was shot.

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According to preliminary information, the gun used in the shooting is believed to have been made from two tubes wrapped with duct tape.

As for the motive for the event, Yamagami claimed that he had a personal grudge against a religious organization that he suspected of ties to Abe.

The alleged killer, a 41-year-old former military man, allegedly attacked Abe because his mother had given substantial sums of money to the Christian religious group called the Unification Church to the point of ruin, the newspaper ‘Gendai Business’ reported.

“I was going after a member of a religious group, but I thought it would be too difficult, so I went after former Prime Minister Abe,” Yamagami has said. “My mother was a believer in the Unification Church, and Shinzo Abe was akin to the Unification Church,” he said, as reported by Japanese media.

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