World leaders express shock over assassination of Japan's Shinzo Abe

World leaders expressed shock and sadness over the killing of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

a man they described as a "towering global statesman" whose legacy is one of "global impact

Abe was shot while giving a campaign speech in the city of Nara Friday morning. He was rushed to the hospital, but pronounced dead later Friday. He was 67.

He was working for peace and stability in Japan and the world," Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at a press conference.

He was a dear friend who loved this country ... To lose such a figure in this manner is absolutely devastating

Deeply saddened by the heinous killing of Shinzo Abe, a defender of democracy and my friend & colleague over many years.

I am shocked and saddened beyond words at the tragic demise of one of my dearest friends, Shinzo Abe.

He was a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator.