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Several feared dead in suspected arson attack on Japanese animation studio.

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At least 12 people are feared dead and dozens are injured in a suspected arson attack at an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan, emergency officials have said.

Local media quoted police as saying a man broke into the Kyoto Animation Co studio on Thursday morning and sprayed an unidentified liquid around.

Some 30 people still remain unaccounted for, reported broadcaster NHK.

The suspect, who has not been named, has been detained and was taken to hospital with injuries.

The fire broke out at the three-storey building at around 10:30am (01:35 GMT) on Thursday. Rescue operations are still ongoing.

Eyewitnesses described a loud explosion followed by an inferno that rapidly engulfed the building, reports the BBC’s Tokyo correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes.

“We are trying to bring out several victims who are trapped inside the three-story building, including ones who may not be able to move by themselves,” a fire department spokesman told AFP.

“A man threw a liquid and set fire to it,” a Kyoto prefectural police spokesman told news agency AFP.

NHK said the man had been heard saying “drop dead” as he set fire to the building.

It is not clear what relationship the suspect may have had to the company.

There was no immediate statement from the studio, which produced several well-known television anime series, including “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” and “K-ON!”

“We are in the process of learning what happened,” said a woman who answered the phone at the firm’s headquarters in Uji City in the Kyoto region.

Japan has a famously low crime rate, with violent crime very rare.

 

 

 

 

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Parshuram’s statue will be installed in the state if government is formed : BSP chief Mayawati

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Political parties are currently competing to woo Brahmins. A section of Brahmins are angry with the Yogi government after the encounter of Vikas Dubey and his associates.

To woo this resentment, the first SP announced to install a statue of Parashurama in the state, where was the BSP to stay behind.

BSP chief Mayawati said that we will get more idols of Parashuram than Samajwadi Party.

Mayawati said that with the formation of BSP government in the state, she will install the idol of Lord Parshuram, taking special care of the faith of the Brahmin society.

Apart from this, Mayawati said that Shri Parshuram, a symbol of the faith and self-respect of the Brahmin society in Uttar Pradesh and the great saints, gurus and great men born in all other castes and religions, in the wake of the shortcomings of the central and state governments in the case of Corona epidemic.

A large number of modern hospitals and community centers with all the necessary facilities will be built in the name of stay.

He further said that the matter of installing a high idol of Shri Parashuram by the Samajwadi Party is only electoral interest.

The Brahmin society has full faith in the words and actions of the BSP.

In view of this desire of the Brahmin society, after the formation of the BSP government, the idol of Shri Parashuram will be installed more grand than the SP in every respect.

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