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Gas attack cult still inspires fear and loathing

Ten years after Japan’s worst terrorist atrocity, the apocalyptic group responsible has rebranded itself but has failed to allay popular doubts. At around 8am on March 20 1995 commuters on packed subway trains in central Tokyo sensed something was wrong. They started to cough and struggle for breath. Some of those who made it on to platforms and upstairs to street level collapsed, foaming at the mouth and coughing up blood. Minutes earlier, using the sharpened tips of their umbrellas, five of their fellow passengers – members of what was then a little-known apocalyptic cult called Aum Supreme Truth – had punctured plastic bags containing the deadly nerve gas sarin before fleeing. The 12 people who died that day, and the 5,500 others who were injured, had just become the victims of the worst terrorist atrocity on Japanese soil; an act of violence that shattered Japan’s image as the safest country on earth. Full Story

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