Engineer of Doom - 1995-06-12

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F54.png Engineer of Doom June 12, 1995, Anthony Spaeth, TIME

Since Japanese police arrested the guru of the Aum Shinrikyo cult on May 16, frightening facts have emerged indicating that Asahara had the money, the means and the intention to wreak his version of Armageddon on Japan. The March 20 nerve-gas attack on the Tokyo subway system, which killed 12 people and sickened 5,500, and the thwarted attempt to spread deadly hydrogen cyanide gas in the Shinjuku station on May 5 were intended as preludes to worse disasters, police sources are suggesting in leaks to the Japanese press. The big show was apparently set for November, when plans called for cult attacks on government buildings, the Diet and the Imperial Palace to spark what Asahara saw as a world war.


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