5 Leaders Who Were Assassinated

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5 Leaders Who Were Assassinated

5 Leaders Who Were Assassinated

The deliberate murder of a prominent person is termed assassination, and often those killed are leaders of movements, communities or entire countries. Here are a few leaders who were cut down for a number of reasons — some were even killed by those who were supposed to be protecting them.

Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India when she was assassinated by two of her bodyguards in 1984. Just a few months earlier, she had ordered the Indian military to carry out Operation Blue Star, which targeted a Sikh temple. Hundreds of civilians were killed during the attack, and the temple was heavily damaged. The assassination was carried out by her two Sikh bodyguards in retaliation. Her son, Rajiv Gandhi, became Prime Minister after her death, and he was also assassinated in 1991.

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James Garfield

The 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield, was shot only a few months after his inauguration. On the morning of July 2, 1881, he was shot in the back by Charles J. Guiteau. Guiteau was immediately apprehended, and the President lingered for 80 painful days before finally succumbing to the gunshot wound.

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Yitzhak Rabin

Yitzhak Rabin was an Israeli politician and served as the Prime Minister of Israel twice — once from 1974 to 77 and again from 1992 until his shooting death in on November 4, 1995. Yigal Amir, who was opposed to Rabin’s peace initiatives, confessed to the murder.

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João Bernardo Vieira

João Bernardo Vieira was the President of the African country Guinea-Bissau when he was assassinated in 2009. He survived an assassination attempt in 2008 when soldiers stormed his home, but he was murdered while leaving his home in March, 2009. Initial reports stated that he was shot to death, but other sources claimed his home was bombed, he was shot, and then was hacked to pieces by machetes.

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Benigno Aquino, Jr.

Benigno Aquino, Jr. was a senator of the Philippines who was shot and killed in 1983 after returning home from a self-imposed exile in the United States. He was a political opponent of President Ferdinand Marcos, and was shot in the head after disembarking from his plane at the Manila International Airport. His widow, Corazon Aquino, became the 11th President of the Philippines a few years later.

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