'Samurai Sword' Attack At Tokyo Shrine Leaves 3 Dead

'Samurai Sword' Attack At Tokyo Shrine Leaves 3 Dead

'Samurai Sword' Attack At Tokyo Shrine Leaves 3 Dead

The incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. local time at the Tomioka Hachimangu Shinto shrine in Koto Ward, Tokyo.

After attacking his sister, Shigenaga Tomioka apparently killed his female companion and then himself, the police sources added.

Two women were killed and another person was injured in a stabbing incident at a shrine in Tokyo, with the male suspect appearing to have committed suicide, Japanese authorities said on Friday. Media reports said he was her younger brother.

The four were sent to a hospital, where the three were confirmed dead.

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Kyodo news agency reported there was some kind of confrontation between the priestess and her brother, named as Shigenaga Tomioka.

Shigenaga is believed to have later stabbed the woman's chest and stomach before killing himself at the shrine, located about 400 meters east of Monzennakacho station on the Tozai subway line.

Thursday night's attack at the Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, established in 1627, was captured by nearby security cameras. He received injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

Nagako Tomioka, chief priestess of Tomioka Hachimangū, was brutally murdered by her younger brother Shigenaga.

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A bloodied Samurai sword was reportedly found at the scene.

Shigenaga Tomioka was arrested some 10 years ago for blackmailing his sister.

Shigenaga sent a threatening letter to his sister in 2006, saying he would "send her to hell", newspaper Sankei Shimbun said. The almost 400-year-old shrine is known for its close ties to sumo and holding one of Tokyo's three big Shinto festivals.

At the time, his sister had held a post known as negi, the second-highest rank at a Shinto shrine after the chief priest.

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