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Japanese park explosions caused by 'suicidal' 72-year-old ex-soldier blowing himself up

Mirror Mirror 23/10/2016 Richard Wheatstone

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A Japanese pensioner blew himself up in a suspected suicide bombing near a busy park.

The 72-year-old former soldier was found dead at the scene after detonating a device in the city of Utsunomiya.

Three people were injured in two near simultaneous blasts which took place near a festival celebrating traditional culture in a busy park.

Eye-witnesses reported hearing two explosions at around 11.30am local time this morning (2.30am UK time).

Police say the ex-soldier left a suicide note before detonating a device. His home was later found burnt to the ground around five miles away.

Moments later a second explosion broke out in a nearby car park.

Local media showed images of two burnt-out cars in the aftermath of the incident.

One eye-witness described the moment the blasts broke out before a thick plume of black smoke rising from the area.

He said: "It was quite a big explosion and I was just thinking how unusual the explosion was when smoke and fire appeared there and then again almost immediately over this way there was a bigger explosion and we could feel the shockwaves."

The festival has been cancelled and police have sealed off the area around the explosions.

A fire department spokesman said an investigation is underway to determine what caused the blasts.

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