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Police get arrest warrant as survivor recalls Kyoto arson

The attack shocked Japan and drew an outpouring of grief from anime fans worldwide.

A police officer stands in front of the Kyoto Animation Studio building (Jae C Hong/AP)
A police officer stands in front of the Kyoto Animation Studio building (Jae C Hong/AP)

Japanese police have obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect as soon as he regains consciousness from injuries in a deadly arson at a Kyoto anime studio.

Kyoto police said they are ready to arrest 41-year-old Shinji Aoba on arson and murder allegations.

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A woman prays to honour the victims of Thursday’s fire at the Kyoto Animation Studio (Jae C Hong/AP)

Aoba is accused of storming Kyoto Animation’s No 1 studio on Thursday, setting it on fire and killing 34 people.

One of the survivors, an animator, told Japanese media he jumped from a window of the three-story building gasping for air amid scorching heat after seeing a “a black mushroom cloud” rising from downstairs.

The attack shocked Japan and drew an outpouring of grief from anime fans worldwide.

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