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Stabbing at Tokyo shrine leaves 3 people dead

08 December 2017

Two people, including a female priest, were killed and two others were wounded last night in a knife attack at a Tokyo shrine, police and news reports said.

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 auto. The motive was unclear, though Japanese media reported there may have been a feud between the priest and her brother. The brother then appears to have killed his accomplice before taking his own life.

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

Stabbing at Tokyo shrine leaves 3 people dead
Stabbing at Tokyo shrine leaves 3 people dead

After slashing the priestess, Shigenaga Tomioka then stabbed the younger woman to death with a sword, before killing himself, police said.

Shigenaga's partner, meanwhile, chased down his sister's driver, who had tried to escape on foot, and attacked him about 100 meters away. The injuries to his shoulder and chest were not life-threatening.

At some point thereafter, Shigenaga fatally stabbed his girlfriend in the chest and abdomen.

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According to local media, police found a survival knife and a Japanese sword with blood on them near the attack site.

Shigenaga Tomioka was arrested some 10 years ago for blackmailing his sister.

Founded in 1627, Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine is located about 300 meters from Tokyo Metro's Monzen-Nakacho Station.

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Tomioka Hachimangu found itself in hot water with the Jinja Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines) in 2010 over the appointment of the shrine's chief priest.

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Stabbing at Tokyo shrine leaves 3 people dead