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Japan park blasts: one person killed and three injured | World news | The Guardian

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Fire department officials say explosions at park in Utsunomiya 100km north of Tokyo happened at 11.30am local time on Sunday

One person has been killed and at least three injured by two near-simultaneous blasts in a Japanese park on Sunday.

The explosions occurred at a park in Utsunomiya, about 100km north of Tokyo, shortly after 11:30am local time, a fire department spokesman said. It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts.

“One person was found dead,” the fire department spokesman told AFP.

Public broadcaster NHK said a body badly damaged in the blast was found at a bicycle parking space for the park.

Images broadcast by NHK showed two burnt out cars in a parking lot about 200 metres from the park and a charred broken bench at the edge of the park, where a folk art festival was underway.

A man told the broadcaster that he “smelled gunpowder in the area” after the explosions.

The police said they were investigating whether the incidents at the two sites were linked, but did not give further details.

One of the injured people, a man, was being treated for shrapnel wounds, the broadcaster said. The person killed was also a man, but no other details were available about him or the other two wounded.

Crime rates are low in Japan, and there are no known groups waging any sort of violent campaign against the state.

Sorgente: Japan park blasts: one person killed and three injured | World news | The Guardian

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