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Gifu: Ex-member of Aum Shinrikyo arrested for slashing son with samurai sword

Kiyohide Nakata
Kiyohide Nakata

GIFU (TR) – Gifu Prefectural Police have arrested a 70-year-old former member of cult Aum Shinrikyo for allegedly slashing his son with a samurai sword in Takayama City on Friday, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Dec. 30).

At around 9:50 p.m., Kiyohide Nakata, a former upper-level member of the cult, Nakata wielded the 50-centimeter-long sword in slashing his son, 40, in four locations of his right thigh and left hand at a shop that also serves as a residence.

The incident emerged after the wife of the suspect alerted police. The victim was transported to a hospital with injuries considered minor.

Nakata, who has been accused of attempted murder, admits to assaulting his son, but denies attempting to kill him. He said they got into a dispute while drinking. “I injured him, but I did not intend to kill him,” the suspect told the Takayama Police Station.

Nakata currently manages the shop. While a member of Aum Shinrikyo, he served as a security officer. In 1995, the cult carried out a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.