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Chief Priest Killed in Murder-Suicide Knife Attack at Tokyo Shinto Shrine


Police inspect the area around Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, the scene where the female chief priest was killed, in Koto Ward, Tokyo, on Thursday evening. Photo – The Yomiuri Shimbun

After attacking Tomioka, Shigenaga killed the female suspect and then himself.

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The female chief priest of Tomioka Hachimangu in Tokyo was killed in a knife attack that is believed to have happened near the premises of the famous Shinto shrine Thursday evening.

The victim was Nagako Tomioka, 58. Two suspected attackers — her 56-year-old brother, Shigenaga, and a woman apparently in her 30s — also died, sources in the Metropolitan Police Department said.

After attacking Tomioka, Shigenaga killed the female suspect and then himself, the sources said. They were apparently a married couple. Tomioka’s male driver, 33, was injured in the attack.

The MPD plans to send investigation papers on Shigenaga and the female suspect to public prosecutors on charges including murder. The police suspect that a problem between Tomioka and the brother led to the incident.

After receiving an emergency call reporting a knifing rampage, MPD officers rushed to the site and found four fallen people who were bleeding on and near the premises of the shrine in the Tomioka district of Koto Ward.

The four people were sent to hospital, and three of them — Tomioka and the two suspects — were confirmed dead.

Around 8:25 p.m. Thursday, Shigenaga, who came to the scene with the female suspect, attacked the chief priest with a Japanese sword when she got out of a car on a road near the shrine.

The female suspect chased Tomioka’s driver, who ran away, and attacked him on a road about 100 meters from where Tomioka was assaulted. The driver suffered injuries in the right arm and chest, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

Later, the two attackers moved to the premises of Tomioka Hachimangu. Shigenaga stabbed the woman in the chest and stomach, and then himself in the left side of the chest several times.

The series of developments were captured by security cameras installed nearby, according to the police sources … (read more)

via The Japan News


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