Suspected Japanese terrorist arrested

A member of the defunct Japanese Red Army suspected in a 1972 terrorist attack that killed 24 people in Israel was arrested in Japan after being deported from the United States. Yu Kikumura was arrested Thursday at Narita Airport outside Tokyo, according to The Associated Press. He had been arrested in the United States in 1988 and imprisoned for driving with homemade bombs in his car. Kikumura is suspected of being a member of the Japanese Red Army, a violent ultra-leftist group sympathetic to Palestinian causes. A Japanese police official said they planned to investigate Kikumura’s role in the 1972 attack, among other terrorist activities. The Japanese Red Army was formed in 1971 and claimed responsibility for several international attacks.

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