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Friday, 06 July 2018 - 9:05
Japanese cult leader Shoko Asahara executed
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The leader of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult which carried out a deadly nerve gas attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995 has been executed.
 
Japan media are reporting that six other Aum Shinrikyo members have also been executed.
 
The sarin attack, Japan's worst terror incident, killed 13 people and injured thousands more.
 
Another six members of the cult are still awaiting execution.
 
Shoko Asahara's execution, at a Tokyo detention house this morning (Jul 06), was confirmed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
 
Japanese media reports said six followers were executed shortly after.
 
The executions had been postponed until all those convicted had completed their final appeals. That happened in January.
 
Asahara was also accused of several other murders and an earlier sarin gas attack in 1994 which killed eight and left 600 injured.
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