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Suspect in 1995 Tokyo subway gas attack arrested in Japan

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Naoko Kikuchi in an undated file picture.

A member of the Japanese religious cult responsible for releasing a nerve agent that killed 13 people in Tokyo's subway system has been arrested after 17 years as a fugitive, Japanese news services reported Sunday.

The woman, Naoko Kikuchi, 40, was one of the last two fugitives of the cult known then as Aum Shinrikyo who had escaped capture since the deadly attack in 1995, which injured 54 other people. Nearly 200 members of the cult, whose name meant "Supreme Truth" have been convicted in the plot, including its leader, Shoko Asahara.


Makoto Hirata, another former member, turned himself in to police in January. The arrests leave one remaining suspect still at large, identified as Katsuya Takahashi, 54.

Kikuchi, described as a senior member of the doomsday cult, was arrested Saturday night in Sagamihara, Japan's Kyodo news service reported. She was being held in Tokyo on charges of murder and attempted murder.

Asahi Shimbun reported that Kikuchi was identified after a woman tipped off police that a woman resembling her was living in Sagamihara. When police asked her whether she was Kikuchi, she simply said "Yes."

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