Foreign Affairs
At least 26 dead in Japan after arson fire attack on anime studio

In Kyoto in Japan, at least 26 people died and scores of others were injured after an arson attack on an anime studio which was purposely set alight by a man. Reports state that at least 36 people were taken by ambulances to be hospitalised, some of them in a critical condition.

Police said the 41-year-old man entered the studio in the morning, spread fuel around and set fire to it. He was caught by Police and was hospitalised after being wounded. The Police further said that several knives were found and it was reported the aggressor shouted he wanted to kill everybody as he set the studio alight. It is not yet known as to the reason behind the aggressive attack and it has not been established whether the man had any relationship to the studio. Some reported the man had never been employed at the studio but appeared to be very angry.

The fire raged through the studio’s three storeys and firefighters had a hard struggle to control the fire. Ten of victims were found on the stairs leading to the roof. The number of victims may yet rise as it is not known how many people were in the building at the time although the management estimated that 70 people were in the building at the time.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he had no words to express the horror of such a horrible act of aggression while expressing his condolences for the victims and their families.