Fukushima cops: Buddhist statues destroyed at 2 cemeteries

Several Buddhist statues were found destroyed at two cemeteries in Fukushima Prefecture (TV Asahi)
Several Buddhist statues were found destroyed at two cemeteries in Fukushima Prefecture (TV Asahi)

FUKUSHIMA (TR) – Several Buddhist statues were destroyed at two cemeteries in Sukagawa City, police said on Sunday, possibly by a man who was seen fleeing the scene.

A man near a cemetery heard what sounded like someone breaking apart rocks, and went to investigate when he discovered 14 destroyed or damaged Jizo Buddhist statues at around 6 a.m. on Saturday, TV Asahi reports (Dec. 4).

A tall individual with a thin profile wearing dark clothes was witnessed fleeing the scene, police said.

The same suspect could also be responsible for six statues that were found destroyed in a nearby cemetery, police said.

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