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Japan executes last 6 subway attack cult members on death row

Rescuers wearing gas masks were dispatched in the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system. (Photo by Masayuki Kozono)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan executed Thursday all six former members of the AUM Shinrikyo doomsday cult who remained on death row following the execution of founder Shoko Asahara and six other members earlier this month, the justice minister said.

The six -- Satoru Hashimoto, Toru Toyoda, Kenichi Hirose, Yasuo Hayashi, Masato Yokoyama and Kazuaki Okazaki -- were convicted of involvement in one or more of three crimes -- the 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system, another sarin attack in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, in 1994, and the murders of a lawyer, his wife and their baby son in 1989.

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