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The Wall Street Journal: Japan executes doomsday cult leader responsible for sarin gas attacks in 1990s

TOKYO — The head of a Japanese doomsday cult responsible for deadly gas attacks in the 1990s was executed on Friday, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Chizuo Matsumoto, also known as Shoko Asahara, had been on death row since 2004.

During morning rush hour on March 20, 1995, members of the doomsday cult he led, Aum Shinrikyo, punctured plastic bags with sarin nerve gas on three Tokyo subway lines, killing 13 people and injuring 6,300.

Matsumoto was one of 13 cult members sentenced to hang for their part in the attack. An earlier sarin gas attack by the cult in central Japan in 1994 killed seven people.

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