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Last Tokyo gas attack suspect may be in custody

From Kyung Lah, CNN
updated 10:45 PM EDT, Thu June 14, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police arrest possible member of Japanese cult
  • Members of cult found responsible for nerve gas attack in Tokyo subway
  • Thirteen people died in the 1995 incident

Tokyo (CNN) -- A man thought to be the last fugitive wanted in a deadly 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway has been captured, Kamata police said Friday.

The suspect was caught in front of a comic book cafe in the Ota ward of Tokyo. Police were working on positive identification.

In recent days, thousands of police were on the trail of Katsuya Takahashi, 54.

During a morning rush-hour attack on March, 20 1995, members of the Aum Supreme Truth cult released sarin gas that led to the death of 13 people and sickened more than 5,500 commuters.

Last week, another member of the doomsday cult was aprehended after 17 years on the run, Tokyo police said.

More than 200 members of the cult were convicted after the gas attack. Thirteen, including Shoko Asahara, the cult's blind guru, were sentenced to death. However, no one has been executed.

The cult now claims to be a benign religious group, but at the height of its activities in the 1990s, it preached the world was coming to an end and that it must arm itself to prepare for various calamities.

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