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'Samurai sword' murders at Tokyo shrine

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Two Samurai swords: The attacker reportedly used a Samurai sword (file picture) © AFP The attacker reportedly used a Samurai sword (file picture)

Three people have died and another one was injured at a well-known Shinto shrine in Tokyo in what appeared to be a family feud, local media said.

The suspect is thought to have first killed his sister, the chief priestess at the shrine, said Kyodo news agency citing police.

He later killed another woman before taking his own life, police told local media.

A bloodied Samurai sword was reportedly found at the scene.

Kyodo news agency reported there was some kind of confrontation between the priestess and her brother, named as Shigenaga Tomioka.

The priestess, named in Japanese media as 58-year-old Nagako Tomioka was on the way to the shrine and was attacked when stepping out of her car.

Her driver reportedly has also been wounded.

Shintoism is Japan's indigenous religion. The Tomioka Hachimangu shrine dates back to 1627 and is famous for the Fukagawa Hachiman summer festival in August.


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