One killed, two in­jured in Ja­pan park blasts

> NHK says po­lice found sui­cide note in­side for­mer sol­dier’s car

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

TOKYO: One per­son was killed and at least two in­jured by two near-si­mul­ta­ne­ous blasts in a Ja­panese park yes­ter­day, the lo­cal fire depart­ment said.

The ex­plo­sions oc­curred at a park in Ut­sunomiya, some 100km north of Tokyo, shortly af­ter 11.30am (10.30am in Malaysia), a fire depart­ment spokesman said. It was not im­me­di­ately clear what caused the blasts.

“One per­son was found dead,” the fire depart­ment spokesman said, with­out elab­o­rat­ing fur­ther.

Pub­lic broad­caster NHK said a body badly dam­aged in the blast was found at a bi­cy­cle park­ing space for the park.

“The sex and ages of the three are not known yet,” another lo­cal fire depart­ment of­fi­cial said, adding that one blast hit the fa­cil­ity’s car park.

The Yomiuri Shimbun daily said one of the parked cars ex­ploded and burnt down two other ve­hi­cles there.

Min­utes later po­lice found a scorched, dis­mem­bered man’s body in­side the park, it said. A lo­cal fes­ti­val was tak­ing place there but was im­me­di­ately called off fol­low­ing the blasts, it said.

A man told NHK that he “smelled gun­pow­der in the area” af­ter the ex­plo­sions.

NHK said the sites of the two ex­plo­sions were around 200m apart, and po­lice found a pa­per be­lieved to be a sui­cide note in one of the burnt cars.

The ve­hi­cle was owned by a 72-year-old for­mer mem­ber of the Self-De­fence Forces, whose house in the Ut­sunomiya city had been de­stroyed in fire shortly be­fore the ex­plo­sions hit, it said.

The man could not be reached, NHK said.

Ex­plo­sions of this kind are rare in Ja­pan, al­though small pipe bombs blasts linked to ex­treme leftists oc­ca­sion­ally hit near US mil­i­tary bases.

In Novem­ber last year, a homemade pipe bomb ex­ploded at a con­tro­ver­sial Tokyo war shrine, dam­ag­ing the toi­lets at the fa­cil­ity but no one was hurt.

A South Korean man was later ar­rested and sen­tenced to four years in prison af­ter ad­mit­ting to det­o­nat­ing the bomb at the Ya­sukuni shrine. – AFP

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A bro­ken wooden bench stands at the ex­plo­sion site in Ut­sunomiya in this photo taken by Ky­odo news agency yes­ter­day.

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