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Man Explodes Device Outside US Embassy in Beijing

He injured only himself

(Newser) - A man exploded a small homemade bomb outside the US Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, injuring only himself, according to police and an embassy spokesperson. Photos on social media showed a large amount of smoke and police vehicles surrounding the embassy shortly after the incident. Apart from a heightened security... More »

Japan Carries Out 2nd Mass Execution This Month

Final 6 Aum Shinrikyo members hanged

(Newser) - Thursday was the final day of reckoning for members of a doomsday cult that killed dozens of people in Japan in the 1990s. Six members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult were hanged, weeks after the mass execution of cult leader Shoko Asahara and another six of his followers , the BBC... More »

In Japan, Mass Hanging of Cult Leader, 6 Followers

They were members of Aum Shinrikyo, responsible for Japan's worst terrorist attack

(Newser) - Japan on Friday executed the leader of a doomsday cult and six of his followers, public broadcaster NHK reports, a mass hanging that had been rumored for months . Chizuo Matsumoto, also known as Shoko Asahara, was the head of Aum Shinrikyo, the group responsible for the 1995 sarin nerve gas... More »

In Japan, Signs Suggest Mass Execution Might Occur

Japan sentenced 13 Aum Shinrikyo members to die for sarin, other attacks

(Newser) - Japan may be readying itself for a mass hanging. The Guardian reports that signs suggest the long-awaited executions of the doomsday cult members behind the infamous 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway may soon come to pass. The two big indications: It reports the country typically holds... More »

17 Years Later, Japan Nabs Final Gas Attack Fugitive

Doomsday guru's bodyguard arrested in Tokyo after massive manhunt

(Newser) - The final suspect in a doomsday cult's deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subway system has been arrested after 17 years as a fugitive. Katsuya Takahashi, 54, was busted at a comic book cafe in Tokyo after a member of the staff recognized him, reports AP . Takahashi, the... More »

Fugitive of 1995 Tokyo Gas Attack Arrested

Naoko Kikuchi was found living 20 miles west of Tokyo

(Newser) - Seventeen years after a sarin gas attack in Tokyo killed 13 commuters and sickened thousands, one of the two remaining fugitives has been caught, reports the New York Times . Formerly a top member of the religious group Aum Shinrikyo, 40-year-old Naoko Kikuchi is accused of making the sarin gas. Police... More »

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