Arson Suspect Yelled ‘You Die’ Before Dousing Japanese Anime Studio, Setting Fire, Killing At Least 33, Injuring About 36

  • Officials say that at least 33 people are dead after a man shouted “You die!” before breaking into the Kyoto Animation studio in Kyoto, Japan, throwing a flammable liquid and setting the place on fire. At least 36 others were injured, some critically.
  • The majority of the victims are employees of the anime studio and police have not released a motive at this time.
  • Fire officials found 20 bodies on the third floor and others on the stairs leading to the roof where an official said they “apparently collapsed.” The official also said that there were two bodies on the first floor and 11 on the second floor.
  • Police and fire officials said the suspect “sprayed an unidentified liquid accelerant.”
  • Police have identified the suspect as a 41-year-old male who injured himself in the arson attack and was taken to the hospital. Authorities said the man was not an employee of the company.
  • A witness said she heard the man complaining about something being “stolen,” which could have been an accusation leveled towards the company.
  • According to reports, “most of the victims were employees of Kyoto Animation, which does work on feature films and TV productions but is best known for its mega-hit stories featuring high school girls.”
  • A witness said: “There was an explosion, then I heard people shouting, some asking for help. Black smoke was rising from windows on upper floors. Then there was a man struggling to crawl out of the window.”
  • Another witness said: “I saw some people with burns, covered with something. They were rushed to the ambulance.”
  • Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered his condolences and said the situation was “too appalling for words.”
  • Kyoto Animation president Hideaki Hatta said: “My heart is in extreme pain. Why on earth did such violence have to be used?”
  • Hatta also said the studio “had received anonymous death threats by email in the past, but he did not link them to Thursday’s attack.”
  • Fans of the studio have come together to raise money to help the company rebuild.

Reference Links

  • BBC: Kyoto Animation fire: Arson attack at Japan anime studio kills 33 READ
  • Fox: 33 killed in fire at Japanese anime studio after man screaming ‘you die!’ set building alight READ
  • NBC: Suspected Kyoto arson: More than 30 dead after fire tears through Japan studio READ
  • AP: Man shouting ‘You die’ kills 33 at Japan anime studio READ

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