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Police raid 'Aum' sect fearing gas attack

Japanese agents raided buildings used by a doomsday cult yesterday, searching for evidence of a terror plot as the group’s guru awaits a court’s verdict over the 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway. About 200 investigators poured into the Tokyo headquarters and 10 other centres of the former Aum Shinrikyo. There were no arrests. A verdict is expected in the murder trial of Shoko Asahara on 27 February. He is accused of masterminding the Tokyo attack, which killed 12 people and made thousands of others ill, and a series of other murders. Prosecutors have demanded the death penalty. The group, which now calls itself Aleph, has recently shown signs of greater devotion to Mr Asahara, raising concerns it could mount a terrorist attack, an official with the Public Security Intelligence Agency said. Full Story

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