Police in Japan Raid Another Cult Center Authorities Feared Group Was Planning Mass Murder

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Japanese police raided a cult training center at the foot of Mount Fuji on Sunday, charging that the group was preparing a mass murder with lethal gases.

More than 1,000 officers entered the Aum Shinri Kyo (Supreme Truth Sect) complex at the village of Kamiku Isshiki.

The police have evidence that may link the cult to the poisonous-gas attack on Tokyo's subway system, the Kyodo News Agency reported Sunday.

The news agency said police had found that the combination of chemicals in the nerve gas used in the subway attack was identical to that of the two previous cases in which the gas, sarin, apparently was used.

One of those cases was an incident in July in which small amounts of a toxic chemical were released near the training center in Kamiku Isshiki. Byproducts of sarin were discovered on the ground.

The other apparent release of sarin was in June in the city of Matsumoto in central Japan. A mist of sarin suddenly wafted through a neighborhood one evening, killing seven people and injuring about 200.

The neighborhood in Matsumoto included a building where several judges were hearing a case about a land dispute involving Supreme Truth.

In Monday's attack in Tokyo, 10 people were killed, almost 5,000 were overcome, and the subway system was briefly paralyzed.

The Kyodo News Agency also said police had discovered a secret underground bunker beneath a building at the foot of Mount Fuji. …