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Friday, 08 December 2017 - 9:58
Samurai sword attacker kills 2 before committing suicide in Tokyo
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A man stabbed his older sister and girlfriend to death before committing suicide at a shrine in Koto Ward in Tokyo last night (07).
 
The suspect is thought to have first killed his sister, the chief priestess at the shrine, said Kyodo news agency citing police.
 
He later killed another woman before taking his own life, police told local media.
A bloodied Samurai sword was reportedly found at the scene.
 
Kyodo news agency reported there was some kind of confrontation between the priestess and her brother, named as Shigenaga Tomioka.
 
The priestess, named in Japanese media as 58-year-old Nagako Tomioka was on the way to the shrine and was attacked when stepping out of her car.
 
Her driver reportedly has also been wounded.
 
Founded in 1627, Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine is located about 300 meters from Tokyo Metro’s Monzen-Nakacho Station.
 
It is known as the birthplace of sumo. Two tournaments were held in the Spring and Autumn at the shrine each year as dictated by the shogunate.
 
According to an acquaintance of a family member, Shigenaga was the chief priest of the shrine until he was dismissed about 10 years ago.
 
“If there was a grudge, I can only imagine it was due to the dismissal,” said the acquaintance.
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