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Blast at Japan’s Yasukuni shrine for war dead; no injuries

By YURI KAGEYAMA, Connected Press

TOKYO (AP) — An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No a single was injured.

The Yasukuni shrine, which honors 2.5 million of Japanese war dead, including executed war criminals, has been the target of criticism from China and South Korea, which suffered from Japan’s Planet War II atrocities and aggression.

Tokyo police said in a statement that they received a get in touch with about an explosion and smoke at Yasukuni. Firefighters were also referred to as to the scene and discovered the ceiling and walls of the restroom had been damaged, said an official at the Tokyo Fire Department, who spoke on condition of anonymity. But the fire was out by the time they arrived.

It was unclear what brought on the explosion. Police and fire department officials declined to elaborate.

TBS Tv news stated batteries and wirings that might be element of an explosive device were found. Police will be reviewing footage on security cameras for clues on who may be behind the explosion, TBS mentioned.

The particular person in charge of media at Yasukuni was not quickly accessible for comment.

The shrine is a focal point for lingering tensions with Japan’s neighbors over the country’s aggression before and in the course of Planet War II. Some Japanese lawmakers have insisted on creating official visits in the name of patriotism, while other lawmakers say such visits glorify Japan’s historical errors.

Emperor Akihito has not visited Yasukuni. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also avoided making official visits more than the last two years.

Whilst views on the shrine have also divided the Japanese public, it holds emotional significance for many due to the fact throughout the war soldiers promised every other they would reunite at Yasukuni if they died. Survivors and families say an additional monument elsewhere won’t do because the soldiers’ spirits go to Yasukuni.

Numerous households and tourists check out Yasukuni, and Monday was a national vacation.

The shrine has a grandiose gate, giant cherry trees, flocks of pigeons and a museum that pays homage to those who died in Japan’s wars, like kamikaze pilots.

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Israel says it shoots dead Palestinian woman trying to stab

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian woman as she ready to carry out a stabbing attack in the West Bank on Sunday, the military mentioned, even though an Israeli civilian fatally shot a Palestinian assailant outside of Jerusalem, as a new burst of violence flared up ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The military stated the lady pulled out a knife at the entrance to a military base and started approaching civilians at the spot. A regional West Bank settler leader, Gershon Mesika, stated he noticed the ruckus and veered his automobile off the road and hit the woman. A soldier on the scene then fired at her and killed her.

The army did not say how close the lady had been to carrying out an attack or release a video of the incident.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, a Palestinian driving a taxi cab attempted to run more than Israelis east of Jerusalem, police mentioned. Soon after crashing his automobile, he came out with a knife and tried to stab people but was shot dead by a bystander ahead of he could harm anyone. Israeli politicians have encouraged licensed gun owners to carry their weapons for the duration of the wave of unrest.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended citizens for getting on “maximum alert.”

“I need to say that we are displaying such awareness, with considerable resourcefulness and courage, and this is deserving of all praise. We are nevertheless fighting and will continue to do so,” he stated at his weekly Cabinet meeting.

Sunday’s attacks came two days ahead of Kerry is scheduled to arrive in an attempt to calm tensions stemming from a two-month wave of violence that shows no indicators of slowing. It will mark his very first go to to the area to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders in much more than a year.

On Saturday night, a Palestinian attacker stabbed 4 folks in southern Israel. Following hours of an in depth manhunt, police forces identified the 18-year-old Palestinian hiding late Saturday in the yard of a house close to where he carried out his stabbing spree in the southern town of Kiryat Gat.

More than the previous two months, Palestinian attacks have killed 17 Israelis, largely in stabbings, while 86 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. Of them, 54 are mentioned by Israel to be attackers and the rest were killed in clashes with Israeli troops.

The wave of violence began over tensions surrounding a sensitive Jerusalem holy web site and has since spread across Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza border.

Israel says the existing spate of violence is due to a Palestinian campaign of lies and incitement surrounding the sensitive holy site. The Palestinians counter by saying it is a result of aggravation from almost a half-century of occupation and they accuse Israel of making use of excessive force to suppress the unrest.

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