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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hijacker Wanted a 'Stir'

TOKYO () -- The man held in the hijacking of a jumbo airliner told investigators he wanted to meet Shoko Asahara, the cult leader accused of masterminding the nerve gas attacks on Tokyo's subways, and to "create a stir," media reported Friday.


Police seized Fumio Kutsumi, 52, after a 16-hour standoff and freed all 364 passengers and crew on the All Nippon Airways flight in Hakodate.


The Mainichi report said Kutsumi wanted to meet Asahara and learn his teachings.