2 killed, 2 injured in knife attack in Tokyo

Evarado Alatorre
Diciembre 8, 2017

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 vehicle.

A former priest wielding a samurai sword killed his Shinto priestess sister and another woman in an apparent family vendetta at a historic Tokyo shrine, before turning the blade on himself, police told AFP on Friday.

Also, a woman aged in her 30s who was with Shigenaga, attacked and stabbed the driver of the vehicle with a Japanese sword, police said.

Media reports said he was her younger brother.

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The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. local time at the Tomioka Hachimangu Shinto shrine in Koto Ward, Tokyo.

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. He received injuries not considered life-threatening, police said. "We believe the male suspect (Shigenaga) stabbed the woman before stabbing himself", the spokesman said, adding that they both died, bringing the total fatalities to three.

Shigenaga Tomioka had once served as a priest and the siblings had long quarrelled over shrine affairs, according to local media. After he left the post of chief priest in 2001, he sent a threatening postcard to his sister in January 2006 in which he wrote, among other things, that he would send her to hell.

The shrine, established in 1627, is known for its annual Fukagawa Hachiman festival, one of Tokyo's three major festivals from the Edo period. The shrine left the association on September 28 this year.

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