‘Appalling’ arson attack on Japanese animation studio kills at least 33 Jul 19, 2019 0 1687 12345 ReutersTOKYOA man shouted “die” as he doused an animation studio with fuel and set it ablaze in Japan on Thursday, public broadcaster NHK said, killing at least 33 people in the nation’s worst mass murder in nearly two decades.PM Shinzo Abe called the attack in the city of Kyoto - the latest grisly killing in a nation widely known for its low crime rates - “too appalling for words” and offered condolences.Police detained a 41-year-old man who shouted “die” as he poured what appeared to be petrol around the three-storey Kyoto Animation building shortly after 10 a.m. (0100 GMT), public broadcaster NHK reported.Thirty-three people were confirmed dead, an official for the Kyoto City Fire Department said. Fire engulfed the building and white and black smoke billowed from its charred windows. It was Japan’s worst mass killing since a suspected arson attack in Tokyo in 2001.Shiro Misaki, a 47-year old owner of a neighbourhood bar five minutes from studio, said he was driving nearby when he saw the thick smoke. “Policemen were stopping traffic and it was really hazy with smoke,” he said. “Even after I got back to my restaurant I could smell the smoke.” The prime minister said the cause was arson.“Today, many people were killed and wounded in an arson murder case in Kyoto,” Abe said in a post on Twitter. “It is too appalling for words.” The motive was not yet known. The suspected arsonist was injured and was being treated in hospital, so police could not question him, NHK said. Kyoto police declined to comment.Kyoto, some 450 kilometres (280 miles) west of Tokyo, is the ancient capital of Japan and major tourist draw for its ancient temples and cultural sites.The dead were found on all three floors of the building, including in the studio, and on a staircase leading up to the roof, the fire department said. It was not clear if the roughly 10 people found dead on the staircase had been trying to escape. Thirty-six people had been taken to hospital by midday, the fire department said earlier, with 10 of them seriously injured. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Breach worsens B’desh floods; death toll nears 100 in India Jul 19, 2019 0 1287 Former Pakistani PM Abbasi arrested by anti-graft agency Jul 19, 2019 0 1337 Twelve killed, scores hurt in Afghanistan Taliban car bombing Jul 19, 2019 0 218 War on numbers: Philippines govt targets drug killing data Reuters MANILA Facing a UN human rights investigation into its bloody war on drugs, the Philippines presented a new death toll on Thursday to counter much higher numbers given by critics. But rights groups accused the .. India demands Pakistan release Jadhav after world court ruling AFP New Delhi India on Thursday demanded that Pakistan release an alleged spy after the International Court of Justice called for a review of a death sentence against him. The arch-rivals each declared victory after the .. US sanctions on Myanmar military leaders inadequate: UN investigator Reuters DHAKA Sanctions imposed this week by the United States on Myanmar’s military leaders over human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims do not go far enough, UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee said on Thursday. .. Sri Lanka detectives arrest top police watchdog official Colombo: Sri Lankan detectives Thursday arrested the chief executive at the police watchdog over his alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar gun-running racket and sought international help to trace four other .. Malnutrition, disease kill 139 displaced in Indonesia’s Papua: Group Reuters JAKARTA Thousands of people in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have been displaced by fighting between soldiers and separatists, and at least 139 of them have died from malnutrition and disease, an .. 2 Thai monks arrested for burning another monk to death Bangkok: Two Thai Buddhist monks have been arrested and charged with murder and arson for burning another monk to death, police told dpa on Thursday. The murder of monks by fellow clergymen is rare in Thailand, where ..