Hospitalized KyoAni Arsonist Begins Rehab Treatment

Society

Kyoto, Oct. 9 (Jiji Press)--The Kyoto Animation Co. arson attack suspect has started rehabilitation treatment such as sitting in a wheelchair with the help of care staff, investigative sources said Wednesday.

The July 18 attack on a studio of the anime production company, known as KyoAni, in Kyoto Prefecture, western Japan, claimed the lives of 36 people and injured many others.

The suspect, Shinji Aoba, 41, has been hospitalized for severe burns suffered in the incident.

According to the sources, Aoba is also sitting up in his bed with the help of care staff.

The Kyoto prefectural police department plans to arrest Aoba after he recovers sufficiently, but it is expected to take a while for him to improve enough to be detained, the sources said.

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