All 34 Victims Identified a Week after Kyoto Studio Arson Attack


Kyoto, July 25 (Jiji Press)--The police department of Kyoto Prefecture, western Japan, said Thursday that it has identified all 34 victims of the arson attack on a Kyoto Animation Co. studio that occurred a week ago.

The police used DNA profiling for the identification work. At the time of the assault, there were 74 people inside the three-story building in the city of Kyoto, and the whereabouts of 13 men and 21 women, most of whom are in their 20s or 30s, had not been confirmed.

The police department has started to return the bodies of the victims to their relatives.

The department is discussing with Kyoto Animation whether, when and how to reveal the identities of the deceased. The company has requested the police not reveal the victims' names, claiming that such disclosure "may infringe the privacy of the bereaved families and cause great harm on them."

The attack occurred around 10:30 a.m. on July 18 (1:30 a.m. GMT). Shinji Aoba, a 41-year-old man, allegedly entered the studio from its main entrance, scattered gasoline and ignited it while screaming, "You die!"

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