Shot to death: political leaders killed



Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shot to death Friday. Here’s a look at previous assassinations of top politicians around the world, starting with John F. Kennedy in 1963.

– John F. Kennedy, 1963 –

The President of the United States was shot dead by an assassin on November 22 while riding in an open-top limousine through the streets of Dallas, Texas.

His death was caught on film, and the crime – along with the image of blood splattered on the pink suit of his charming young wife Jackie – stunned the world.

Troubled Marine veteran Lee Harvey Oswald, turned Soviet defector, was soon arrested and convicted, though the murder spawned many conspiracy theories.

Oswald, 26, was gunned down on live TV as he was being transferred to prison.

– Anwar al-Sadat, 1981 –

Islamist militants shot and killed Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat at a military parade in Cairo on October 6, three years after he signed the 1978 Camp David Accords that led to the 1979 peace treaty with Israel. It was the first peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country.

– Indira Gandhi, 1984 –

Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India, was gunned down in New Delhi on October 31 by two of her Sikh bodyguards in retaliation for the army’s brutal attack on the Golden Temple in Amritsar to drive out the separatists.

Her son Rajiv Gandhi took over the country, remaining in power until 1989. He too was killed on 21 May 1991 by a Tamil suicide bomber during an election campaign in southern India.

– Olof Palme, 1986 –

Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, was shot dead on February 28 by a lone attacker shortly after leaving a Stockholm cinema to walk home with his wife. The murder remains unsolved.

– Mohamad Boudiaf, 1992 –

A bodyguard shot and killed Algerian President Mohamed Boudiaf on June 29, shooting him as he was giving a speech in Annaba in the northeast, six months after his election.

Bodyguard Lembarek Boumarafi emerged from behind a curtain and fired at the president, throwing a grenade to the ground.

– Yitzhak Rabin, 1995 –

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was shot dead by Jewish extremist Yigal Amir on November 4 at the end of a peaceful rally in Tel Aviv.

Rabin was shot three times at close range by the assassin shortly after he delivered his speech.

– Benazir Bhutto, 2007 –

Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed on December 27 in a shooting and suicide attack, two months after the former prime minister returned from exile for a political comeback.

According to the most widely accepted version, her assailant shot and killed her after the meeting, before detonating a bomb near her column, killing 24 others.

– Jovenel Moise, 2021 –

Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shot dead in the middle of the night on 7 July at his private residence in Port-au-Prince by a 28-man armed commando.

Three commandos were killed and about 20, including 18 former Colombian soldiers, were arrested. The probe continues.