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Japanese cult fugitive surrenders


A former member of a Japanese doomsday cult that staged deadly nerve gas attacks on the Tokyo underground rail system in 1995 has turned himself in to authorities.

Makoto Hirata has been on the run for more than 16 years.

He was wanted for questioning over the abduction and murder of another cult member and the shooting of the chief of Japan’s National Police Agency.

Hirata was one of three former Aum Shinri Kyo cult members still at large after a series of crimes by the group.

They included simultaneous attacks with sarin nerve gas on five Tokyo subway trains during rush hour on March 20, 1995 that killed 12 people and made thousands ill.

Hirata reportedly told police he turned himself in because he wanted a sense of closure after being on the run for such a long time.

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