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Tokyo gas attack executions leave many questions unanswered

Hanging of seven AUM Shinrikyo members fails to draw issue to close

Policemen wearing gas masks search the compound of the AUM cult in Yamanashi Prefecture in March 1995. (Photo by Mamoru Yago)

TOKYO -- Seven members of the cult behind the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attack were hanged on Friday, the largest group of people to be executed in post-war Japan.

Shoko Asahara, the 63-year-old leader of the AUM Shinrikyo, or 'supreme truth,' cult was among those put to death. Six other members remain on death row for their involvement in the attack, which left 13 dead and thousands ill and shattered the myth of Japan being a safe society. 

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