Anniversary of cult’s sarin gas attack observed at Tokyo subway station

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Sarin attack anniversary observed at Tokyo subway station

TOKYO — The 14th anniversary of the Aum Shinrikyo cult’s deadly 1995 sarin nerve gas attacks was marked Friday in a ceremony at the Tokyo subway’s Kasumigaseki Station.

A moment of silence was observed by 24 Tokyo Metro Co employees at the station at 8 a.m., around the same time that the attacks occurred, with a metro official laying flowers at an alter set up in the station.

The official, Noboru Ueno, said during the ceremony, ‘‘We cannot forget that day,’’ pledging that subway workers will continue safety efforts to honor those lost in the incident.

On March 20, 1995, senior members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, now known as Aleph, released sarin at five stations on three central Tokyo subway lines. The attacks took the lives of 12 people, including two subway workers at Kasumigaseki Station in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward, and sickened more than 5,500 others.

– Source: Sarin attack anniversary observed at Tokyo subway station, Japan Today, Mar. 20, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Shoko Asahara

See Also:
March 20, 1995: Poison Gas Wreaks Tokyo Subway Terror, WIRED, Mar. 20, 2009
Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, Japan-101
Research resources on Aum Shinrikyo

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