17th anniversary of Aum’s subway gas attack commemorated

Tokyo subway officials commemorated the 17th anniversary of Aum Shinrikyo‘s deadly 1995 sarin gas attack Tuesday at Kasumigaseki Station.

Kyodo reports

Twenty-four Tokyo Metro Co. employees observed a moment of silence at the station, one of the subway stations where members of the cult released the deadly nerve agent on March 20, 1995, killing 13 people and sickening more than 6,000 others.

Commemorative stands were set up for relatives of the victims to offer flowers at Kasumigaseki and five other stations. […]

A total of 13 people including Chizuo Matsumoto, the cult’s founder more commonly known as Shoko Asahara, have been on death row for masterminding the gas attacks and a series of other crimes.

Two former members of Aum, renamed Aleph in 2000, are still on the run in connection with the nerve gas attack and other crimes.

Research resources on AUM shinrikyo
Final police tally confirms 6,583 fell victim to 8 Aum-related crimes
Aum-related crimes
How AUM Shinrikyo justified violence
Life inside AUM Shinrikyo
How cult apologists, including J. Gordon Melton and James R. Lewis, defended Aum Shrinrikyo

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