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Man Threatens Sarin Gas Attack on Akihabara as April Fools' 'Joke'

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Twitter user later issued an apology

Swarms of police descended on Tokyo's Akihabara shopping district on April 1 after Twitter user "Saika (_S_I_K_A)" threatened to release sarin gas on the area as an April Fools' Day joke. The tweet was deleted, but other users were able to screencap it before it disappeared.

Saika later issued an apology.

I am so sorry to all those people who were frightened by my tweet about releasing sarin gas, all those people in Akihabara at the time who were frightened, and to everyone else I upset. I went too far for an April Fools' joke. I'm so sorry for causing so much trouble.

Sarin gas was used by the Aum Shinrikyō cult in the Tokyo subway attacks of 1995. The day's combined attacks sickened more that 6,000 people and killed 13. Police arrested Katsuya Takahashi, the last suspect in the Aum Shinrikyō cult's sarin gas attacks, in 2012.

Akihabara was also the scene of a deadly hit-and-run and stabbing rampage which killed seven people and injured 10 more. Tomohiro Katō, who was 25 years old at the time, struck five individuals with a truck at an intersection near the main Japan Railways station of Akihabara at around 12:35 p.m. on June 8, 2008. He then proceeded to leave the vehicle and stab 12 people on the streets. Katō was sentenced to death in 2011.

[Via Sirua Aotsuki, Itai News, Rocket News 24]

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