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Security Boosted In Tokyo Subway After Mystery Chemical Burns Passenger

Japanese authorities Monday stepped up security on the Tokyo subway as they investigated how a passenger was slightly burned by a chemical in a train. A woman told subway staff at Otemachi station in central Tokyo Sunday morning that a chemical on a seat had gone through her clothing and caused a light burn on her buttock, a subway spokesman said. Emergency workers stopped the train shortly afterward and evacuated all passengers, two of whom reported feeling queasy, the spokesman said. The Tokyo Metro has been on high alert since a doomsday cult spread Nazi-invented sarin gas in it in 1995, killing 12 people and injuring thousands. It was not known what caused the incident Sunday. “We have increased patrol of stations by our staff,” the Tokyo Metro spokesman said. “We are also asking passengers to report any suspicious objects and people to train staff,” he said. Firefighters in orange protection suits searched for chemical agents when the train was evacuated at Kiba station. Jiji Press said police had determined that the chemical found was not acidic. Police declined comment. The 1995 attack was carried out by the Aum Supreme Truth cult, which ordered the spread of Sarin gas in hopes of averting an imminent police raid on the group. Full Story

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