2 killed, 2 injured in knife attack in Tokyo

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

A Shinto priestess was killed on the grounds of a famous Tokyo shrine by a man wielding a traditional Japanese sword who then killed another woman before committing suicide, police said on Friday, in what local media described as an apparent family feud.

The suspect is thought to have first killed his sister, the chief priestess at the shrine, said Kyodo news agency citing police.

Nagako Tomioka's driver, 33, was also seriously injured in the attack.

The four were sent to a hospital, where the three were confirmed dead.

Police said that Nagako Tomioka, the 58-year-old head of Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, was attacked as she got out of her auto Thursday night. At a spot about 100 meters away from the auto, she slashed his right shoulder, leaving him with a non-life-threatening injury. The driver suffered injuries to his right arm and chest, though they were not life-threatening.

Shigenaga is believed to have later stabbed the woman's chest and stomach before killing himself at the shrine, located about 400 meters east of Monzennakacho station on the Tozai subway line.

Police said the attacks had been captured by nearby security cameras and that two survival knives and two Japanese swords had been left at the scene.

He was arrested in 2006 after sending his sister letters with death threats, according to the Asahi daily.

Police say three people have died in a stabbing attack on Thursday night at the prominent shrine, including the head priest and the attacker, who apparently took his own life.

The Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, established in 1627, is known for its Fukagawa Hachiman summer festival and its golden portable shrines. The shrine left the association on September 28 this year.

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