Shinto shrine head, 2 others killed in Tokyo sword attack

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An apparent murder-suicide involving a samurai sword at a Tokyo religious shrine has left the head priestess dead, along with her assailant brother and his girlfriend.

Kyodo news agency reported there was some kind of confrontation between the priestess and her brother, named as Shigenaga Tomioka.

According to the Times, "The two attackers then moved to the shrine premises, where Shigenaga Tomioka stabbed his accomplice in the chest and stomach and then stabbed himself in the left side of the chest multiple times".

Police declined to comment on the motive for the killings, but domestic media said the incident appeared to stem from a family feud.

The accomplice attacked the driver with a samurai sword and pursued him as he ran out of the temple grounds and about 300 feet down a road, police said.

After receiving emergency reports of a rampage with a blade, police rushed to the site and found four bleeding people near the shrine in the Tomioka district of Tokyo's Koto Ward. He received injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

The assailant, identified as 56-year-old Shigenaga Tomioka, attacked his 58-year-old sister sister Nagako Tomioka, the shrine's chief priestess, with a Samurai sword and killed her after she got off from a chauffeur-driven auto.

He later killed another woman before taking his own life, police told local media.

At least one blood-stained sword and two survival knives were found near the scene, Japanese media said.

He was arrested in 2006 after sending his sister letters with death threats, according to the Asahi daily. The shrine, located roughly 100 meters east of Monzen-Nakacho Station, is also the birthplace of the Edo-period fundraising sumo.

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