KyoAni Arson Suspect Sought to Hurt Many in Attack

Society

Kyoto, Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)--The Kyoto Animation Co. arson suspect has told police that he wanted many people injured by his attack, investigative sources said Monday.

The arson attack at a studio of the company, also called KyoAni, in the city of Kyoto occurred July 18, killing 36 people.

In voluntary questioning by the Kyoto prefectural police, Shinji Aoba, 41, largely admitted to the allegations of murdering the 36 and attempting to kill 34 others.

"I targeted the No. 1 Studio, which has the largest number of people working, because I wanted to hurt many people," Aoba was quoted as saying.

"I lit the fire because (KyoAni) stole my novel," he added.

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