Suicide note found in 2 explosions in Japanese city
In an alleged suicide activity, an explosion killed Toshikatsu Kurihara, a former Self-Defense Forces officer, injuring three others on Sunday at a parking lot in Utsunomiya.
The explosion took place near a culture center in the Joshi Park where a festival was being held, Japan Times reported. Kurihara’s body was badly disfigured by the blast and ensuing fire, police said in the report. His driver’s license was found in the wallet in his trousers, which helped police in identifying him.
“I will atone by taking my own life,” a suicide note purportedly signed by Kurihara said, media reported. Information about family troubles he had been suffering was also included in the note, according to police.
Police told CNN that they received an emergency call saying a man was burning — when they arrived, they found metal pieces in the area and a severely damaged body.
According to the report, metal parts were scattered near his body. Two cylinders, about 50-60 cm long and 6 cm in diameter and tied with string were found a few dozen meters away.
“When I was walking in the park, (an injured) man had fallen down. I may have been blown up in the explosion had I walked through a little earlier. It’s scary,” said a local to Japan Times.
Shortly before this explosion, Kurihara’s house in Utsunomiya was destroyed in a fire, media reported.
A blast had happened about 200 meters away in a parking lot just minutes before the blast in park. It injured three people, and several cars caught fire. One of the cars which went up in flames was of Kurihara, who was 72.
The two severely injured men were identified as Mitsuo Tamura, 64, and Yoshinobu Hiratsuka, 58, while a 14-year-old boy suffered minor injuries in his leg, authorities informed the media.
Utsunomiya Fire Department officials told CNN that both cars were destroyed in the fire while a nearby building was also partially burned.