Tokyo sarin attack suspect arrested

Naoko Kikuchi was one of two remaining suspects wanted after the subway attack in1995

Naoko Kikuchi, one of the two remaining suspects wanted in connection to the subway sarin attacks in Tokyo in 1995, was arrested on Sunday according to Japanese authorities.

13 people died and more than 6000 were injured in the attack, which involved the release of the nerve gas sarin into the Tokyo subway system. The attack was carried out by the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, now re-branded Aleph, and is said to have been motivated by expectations of a government-led apocalypse. By the time of their initial arrest, members of Aum Shinrikyo had amassed a significant quantity of weapons-grade, chemical and biological material.

Almost 200 members of the cult have been arrested in connection to the attacks, many of whom as a result of their own voluntary submission to police. The leader of the group, Shoko Asahara, continues to face the death penalty for his connection to the crime. The final suspect, Katsuya Takahashi, remains at large.


Tags: Chemical, Biological, Weapons

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