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UPDATED: More than 20 people are feared to have died Thursday in an arson attack on the Kyoto Animation company in Japan, shocking a nation in which extreme violence is very rare.
Emergency services in Kyoto City received a call about 10:35 a.m. local time Thursday reporting an explosion on the first floor of the studio. The blaze quickly spread across the whole of the three-story building.
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Local media reports said a man was seen inside the building spraying a flammable liquid, shouting, “Die!” and then igniting the fluid. The man, 41, was injured and is now in police custody. He reportedly admitted setting the fire. Multiple knives were found at the scene, but it is not known if they were his.
Police have confirmed the deaths of 16 people as well as a number of injuries. But the final death toll is likely to exceed 20.
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Japanese public broadcaster NHK said that the bodies of 12 people were found on the first and second floors.
The fire department said that an additional 10 people found on the third floor and on the stairs were in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest.
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About 70 people were inside the building at the time of the blaze. About 30 are still unaccounted for, though that figure may include the dozen fatalities.
Kyoto Animation, better known as KyoAn, has been in operation since 1981 and is known as a producer of...
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