People visit Tomioka Hachimangu shrine in Tokyo on Friday, the day after police say three people were killed in a stabbing attack. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption
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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.
Thursday night’s attack at the Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, established in 1627, was captured by nearby security cameras.
Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police believe that Shigenaga Tomioka, 56, and his girlfriend, thought to be in her 30s, ambushed his 58-year-old sister, Nagako Tomioka, who was the shrine’s chief priestess. The sister’s chauffeur was also attacked.
The Japan Times reports that police suspect that Shigenaga Tomioka killed his sister, stabbing her in the chest and stomach with a knife as his companion chased down the driver with a tradition Japanese sword, slashing him in the arm and chest. His injuries were nonetheless non-life threatening, the newspaper said.
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