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Shinji Aoba, the man suspected of setting a fire that killed 34 people at the Kyoto Animation studio, remains hospitalized and too injured to be officially arrested and questioned. Police in Kyoto have obtained an arrest warrant for Aoba but cannot serve it because of his condition.
Police sources have raised the death toll from last Thursday’s devastating attack to 34, one more than previously reported. The fire killed 13 men and 21 women, making it the deadliest outbreak of violence in Japan in recent memory.
Police - Aoba - Murder - Arson - Motive
Police hope to charge Aoba with murder and arson. A motive for the attack remains unclear, but some witnesses have reported that the arsonist blamed Kyoto Animation for stealing his ideas.
Aoba is suspected of buying gasoline from a nearby filling station, pouring it around the first floor of the studio and setting it ablaze. A melted lighter...
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