The murder of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 67, during a campaign speech in western Japan, has left the world in shock. At least 16 high-profile murders of leaders have occurred around the world since 2000.
Last year, gunmen assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moise in an overnight heist on their Port-au-Prince home, abandoning Haiti in astounding political chaos.
Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s second nationally elected prime minister and the first female prime minister in a Muslim-majority country, was fired at and then threatened by a suicide attacker at a political event in 2007.
Here is a list of notable political assassinations over the last two decades.