The biggest bomb explosion to hit Tokyo since World War Two killed 7 people and wounded 290 outside the headquarters of Japan's largest armaments manufacturer on Friday (30 August).
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Background: The biggest bomb explosion to hit Tokyo since World War Two killed 7 people and wounded 290 outside the headquarters of Japan's largest armaments manufacturer on Friday (30 August).
Police speculated that the explosion was the work of the left-wing extremists opposed to weapons production and said that they were hunting a young man in a bloodstained shirt seen fleeing by car from the scene of the explosion.
The timebomb was planned beside flowers in a concrete pot outside the headquarters of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, in the Marounuchi business district of Tokyo.
A company spokesman said the switchboard received a telephone call, which sounded like the recorded voice of a young man. He said: "We have planted two bombs. This is not a joke. Watchout." Two or three minutes later the bomb exploded with a blast that was heard more than three miles (five kms.) away.
It totally wrecked the lobby of the building, cutting down scores of people, many of them office workers returning from lunch. The dead were badly mutilated and some of the bodies wee torn to pieces. The injured wee showered with fragments of glass from shattered windows up to nine floors above the scene.
Nearly 2,000 police cordoned off the area and found a second, unexploded bomb near the first.
A total of 198 bomb incidents have occurred in Japan since 1969. Until Friday all the bombs together had milled only one person and wounded 100.