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Aum Supreme Truth: the double lives of Tokyo's sarin attackers

TOKYO — Shortly before 8 a.m. on March 20, 1995, five followers of the doomsday cult Aum Supreme Truth boarded subway trains in central Tokyo. Using umbrellas with sharpened tips, they pierced plastic bags containing lethal quantities of sarin nerve agent, and fled as the liquid evaporated. The attack killed 13 people and made 6,000 others ill. Many of those poisoned in this and another attack in the city of Matsumoto the previous year, will never fully recover from the damage the gas inflicted on their nervous systems. Seventeen years later, the recent arrests of three remaining Aum fugitives have brought partial closure to a crime — the worst-ever terrorist incident on Japanese soil — that traumatized a nation.
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