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Abe Murder Suspect Tested Weapon at Building Linked to Church

  • Religious group says man fired gun night before assassination
  • Unification Church has faced criticism it takes people’s money
Tetsuya Yamagami is escorted at a police station, in Nara Nishi, Japan, on July 10.

Tetsuya Yamagami is escorted at a police station, in Nara Nishi, Japan, on July 10.

Source: AFP/Getty Images

The man accused of shooting former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tested a gun at a facility once used by the Unification Church, the group says, as more details emerge showing how one of the world’s highest-profile assassinations in years was carried out.

The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification said in a statement that Tetsuya Yamagami “test-fired his homemade weapon the night before the assassination at a building that was formerly used” by the organization. “Fortunately, no one was hurt,” it added.