Shinzo Abe, 67, Japan's former PM and a towering political figure, has been shot dead while campaigning
Abe, the country's longest-serving leader, was shot twice as he gave a speech in the city of Nara at 11.30am
Shocking video captures the moment of the attack, showing how oblivious security guards were caught unawares by the first shot - which missed - and tried to block the second fatal round with briefcases
Chilling photo also shows killer Tetsuya Yamagami calmly waiting behind Abe as he prepares to attack
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This is the shocking moment former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was shot dead - revealing how oblivious security guards tried to block bullets with their briefcases after realising too late that he was under attack.
Cameras trained on Abe as he gave a political stump speech in the city of Nara at 11.30am captured the moment the first shot was fired, missing the politician but producing a loud bang and a cloud of smoke.
For what feels an eternity, but in reality is just a few seconds, Abe remains on his podium as bewildered guards - who were all looking at him as he spoke - turn around and finally grasp what is happening, just a moment too late.