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World IN BRIEF : JAPAN : Cultist Suspected in Bombing Surrenders

October 09, 1995|From Times Wire Reports

Obeying his leader's call to surrender, a cult member suspected of sending a parcel bomb that maimed an aide to Tokyo's governor turned himself in to police. Masahiro Tominaga, 26, a former doctor, said he gave himself up because he did not want to cause any more trouble for the cult, Kyodo News Service reported. The Aum Supreme Truth cult is accused of carrying out a nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways in March that killed 12 people and sickened 5,500, and a string of other crimes. Shoko Asahara, the cult's jailed leader, reportedly has urged followers who are still fugitives to give themselves up. The parcel bomb sent to Tokyo Gov. Yukio Aoshima exploded May 16, hours after Asahara's arrest. Aoshima was not in his office, but his secretary lost several fingers on one hand when he opened the package.

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