Suspect Says Animation Company Stole His Novel


Kyoto, July 19 (Jiji Press)--A man held for Thursday's deadly arson attack on a studio of Kyoto Animation Co. in the western Japan city of Kyoto told police that he spread liquid and set it on fire because the company stole his novel, investigative sources said Friday.

The 41-year-old man, identified by police as Shinji Aoba, talked about his possible motives when he was taken into custody on a street some 100 meters from the scene of the attack, which left 33 people dead and injured 35, according to the sources.

He has never worked at the animation company, they said.

Kyoto prefectural police are considering the possibility that the man deliberately planned the attack, believing that his novel had been plagiarized.

The police are searching the scene of the attack to find evidence of murder, arson and other potential criminal offences while working to identify the victims. They plan to interrogate the man, who was rushed to hospital for burns, when he recovers.

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