Aum Shinrikyo victim count rises

The number of victims of the 1995 sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway by the AUM Shinrikyo cult is almost 6,300 in a nationwide police survey — far more than the earlier estimate of over 5,000, the National Police Agency said Thursday. [Kyodo News, Mar. 11, 2010]

In addition one more fatality has been identified:

Japanese authorities have identified an additional fatality in the 1995 terrorist attack in which sarin nerve agent was released inside the Tokyo subway system, Jiji Press reported Saturday.

The person has become the 13th confirmed death in the strike by the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult. The identification follows enactment of 2008 legislation on compensation for the incident.

The newly recognized victim was in the area of the attacks and afterward showed signs of exposure to sarin. The unidentified person died in a bathtub two days after the incident.

While evidence in the case might not have met the level needed for a criminal prosecution, it did point to exposure to sarin as the case of death, sources said

– Source: Additional Death Counted in Tokyo Sarin Attack, Jiji Press, Mar. 9, 2010 via Global Security Newswire — Summarized by Religion News Blog
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