Saitama cops raid home of yakuza boss over Molotov cocktail attack

A Molotov cocktail was thrown into an office of the Yamaguchi-gumi in Gyoda City in March

Police searched the home of gang member Mitsuru Takano in Yashio City on Tuesday
Police searched the home of gang member Mitsuru Takano in Yashio City on Tuesday

SAITAMA (TR) – Saitama Prefectural Police on Tuesday searched the home of a gang boss in Yashio City over an arson attack in March that targeted an affiliate gang of the Yamaguchi-gumi, reports Fuji News Network (June 8).

Police searched the home of Mitsuru Takano, a 36-year-old boss of an affiliate gang of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, for evidence connected to the throwing of a Molotov cocktail at an office of the Yamaguchi-gumi in Gyoda City on the morning of March 16.

The attack shattered a window and burned the floor and a wall. There were no reports of injuries in the attack.

Takano, who is currently under prosecution for drug-related violations, and two other persons were arrested on Tuesday. The suspects have declined to comment on the allegations.

In September, the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi formed as a rival to the Yamaguchi-gumi. Police believe that the attack is related to this move.

In February, an unknown person fired a gun at the home of Takano, according to Nippon News Network (June 7).

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