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Tragic shooting incident leaves two soldiers dead, one injured in Japan

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A newly recruited military candidate shot and killed two fellow soldiers while injuring a third in a devastating incident at a training range in central Japan

“The Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) confirmed the incident, stating that it occurred during a live-bullet exercise as part of new personnel training. The 18-year-old suspect, who joined the military in April, was immediately apprehended at the scene by other soldiers.”

“GSDF Chief of Staff Yasunori Morishita expressed his deep concern and condemned the incident, emphasizing that such acts are absolutely unacceptable within an organization entrusted with handling weapons. The identities and relations of the victims were not further disclosed.”

“The suspect, whose name is being withheld, has been charged with the attempted murder of a 25-year-old soldier, according to a local police spokesman. The spokesman stated that the cadet intentionally fired a rifle at the victim with the intent to kill. The exact identities of the casualties have yet to be officially confirmed.”

“Aerial footage from the scene showed military personnel and civilians gathered around an emergency vehicle, while nearby roads were blocked off by police. Investigators wearing protective covers over their shoes and hair were also present. Local residents reported witnessing several emergency vehicles rushing to the area, but were unaware of the incident prior to that.”

“Morishita mentioned that, to his knowledge, the last gun violence incident involving GSDF personnel resulting in injuries or fatalities occurred in 1984 at a camp in Yamaguchi.”

“The training range, which spans over 65,000 square meters, falls under the administration of Camp Moriyama in the region.”

“Gun control is highly regulated in Japan, and the country has low rates of violent crime. However, recent high-profile incidents have shaken the nation. In July 2022, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was fatally shot during his campaign by a man who allegedly targeted him due to his connections to the Unification Church. In another incident, a man threw an explosive device at Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a campaign event in April, although Kishida remained unharmed. These incidents have sparked discussions about enhancing security measures in the country.”

“Just last month, a man in the Nagano region engaged in a violent rampage involving knives and firearms, resulting in the death of four people, including two police officers. The suspect, reportedly the son of a local city assembly speaker, was eventually apprehended after an extended standoff with the police.”

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