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Tokyo Observes Anniversary of Nerve Gas Attack


Tokyo marked the 15th anniversary Saturday of the sarin nerve gas attack on its subway system that killed 13 people and injured more than 6,000, some of them seriously.

A moment of silence was held at eight a.m. at the Kasumigaseki subway station in central Tokyo, around the time in 1995 that members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult released the Nazi-developed gas into the subway.

The Kasumigaseki district of Tokyo is the center of the Japanese government.

The cult's founder, 55-year-old Shoko Asahara and nine other members are currently awaiting execution, while three others remain at large.

The cult changed its name to Aleph after the attack and deposed Asahara, but is still being closely watched by authorities as it recruits younger members.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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