Japanese Student Accused of Making Lethal Explosive

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Tokyo, April 8 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo police on Monday accused a 16-year-old high school student of producing and possessing erythritol tetranitrate, a lethal explosive also known as ETN, without permission.

Papers on his alleged violation of the explosives control law were sent to public prosecutors from the Metropolitan Police Department.

The Tokyo student has admitted the charge, sources familiar with the investigation said. He has told investigators that he likes chemistry and that he wanted to know how to produce the explosive as knowledge, according to the sources.

According to the police, the student became acquainted with a 19-year-old former college student in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, who has been sentenced to three to five years in prison for producing triacetone triperoxide, another explosive known as TATP, through Twitter and Line.

The two exchanged information about how to produce ETN, the sources said.

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