Ex­plo­sions hit Ja­panese city, killing one; sui­cide sus­pected

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Two ap­par­ent ex­plo­sions hit the Ja­panese city of Ut­sunomiya back-to­back Sun­day, killing one per­son and in­jur­ing three oth­ers in what po­lice are view­ing as a pos­si­ble sui­cide.

Ja­panese me­dia re­ports sug­gest that the vic­tim, be­lieved to be a 72-year-old former mil­i­tary of­fi­cer, may have set his house on fire, blown up his car in a pub­lic park­ing lot and then blown him­self up in a nearby park.

A note found in the cloth­ing of the badly burned vic­tim included the name of the former of­fi­cer, Ja­panese broad­caster NHK and other me­dia re­ported. The name was not dis­closed..

The back-to-back loud bangs in the park and park­ing lot shocked by­standers, many head­ing to a fes­ti­val at the park on a sunny au­tumn day. The fes­ti­val was can­celed af­ter the in­ci­dents.

Two men were se­ri­ously in­jured in the park explosion, and a 14-year-old boy had mi­nor leg in­juries. No one was hurt at the small park­ing lot.

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