December 13, 2017

Priest fatally stabbed with samurai sword at Tokyo shrine

08 December 2017, 10:42 | Taylor George

Female priest and another woman fatally stabbed at Tokyo shrine

Samurai sword attacker kills 2 before committing suicide in Tokyo

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

A man stabbed his older sister and girlfriend to death before committing suicide at a shrine in Koto Ward on Thursday, according to Tokyo Metropolitan Police, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Dec. 8).

The attacker and his sister belong to a family that has managed the Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine for generations since its founding in 1627.

The attack began around 8:25 p.m., when Shigenaga Tomioka attacked his sister with a Japanese sword as she exited her vehicle on the shrine grounds.

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

The accomplice attacked the driver with a samurai sword and pursued him as he ran out of the temple grounds and about 300 feet down a road, police said.

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Authorities suspect a row between the brother and sister over the shine's chief priest position had prompted the apparent murder-suicide.

The assailant, identified as 56-year-old Shigenaga Tomioka, attacked his 58-year-old sister sister Nagako Tomioka, the shrine's chief priestess, with a Samurai sword and killed her after she got off from a chauffeur-driven auto. The driver's injuries were not life-threatening.

At least one blood-stained sword and two survival knives were found near the scene, Japanese media said.

Tomioka Hachimangū, established in 1927, has a close link with sumo, and the emperor and empress visited in 2012.

Shigenaga Tomioka was arrested some 10 years ago for blackmailing his sister. It is known as the birthplace of sumo. The shrine left the association on September 28 this year.

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