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Explosions in Japan Kill 1, Injure 3 in Possible Suicide

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Policemen investigate an explosion site at a park in Utsunomiya, Japan, some 60 miles north of Tokyo on October 23, 2016. (JIJI Press/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 24 Oct 2016 09:45 AM

Multiple explosions in Japan late Sunday morning killed one person and injured three others in what appears to be connected with a suicide.

The blasts happened almost simultaneously about 11:30 a.m. local time in Utsunomiya, Japan, the BBC News reported.

The Japan Times, in combined reports from Agence France-Presse, Kyodo News, and the JiJi Press, stated that former Self-Defense Forces officer Toshikatsu Kurihara, 72, was killed in a parking lot explosion that injured three others.

A following explosion about 200 meters away destroyed a vehicle belonging to Kurihara with several others catching fire, the Japan Times said. Kurihara's home in Utsunomiya had been destroyed in a fire shortly before the explosions, the BBC reported, citing Japanese broadcaster NHK.

The Japan Times said an alleged suicide note was found stating, "I will atone by taking my own life." Police said that information about family problems were also included in the note.

Mitsuo Tamura, 64, and Yoshinobu Hiratsuka, 58, and a 14-year-old boy, were all injured in the initial parking lot explosion, according to the Japan Times.

The Japan Times wrote that Kurihara had been teaching meteorology to Ground Self-Defense Force officers training to become pilots.

China's Xinhua News Agency reported that witnesses told NHK that the explosions sounded similar to a bomb detonating, with some describing it as "thunderous." NHK reported that plumes of black smoke could be seen rising into the sky after the blasts and fires, along with the smell of gunpowder, noted Xinhua.

Xinhua wrote that the Kurihara died near popular Utsunomiya Joshi Park where a local festival was taking place.

The Japan Times wrote that small pipe bombs connected to leftists have occasionally been exploded near U.S. military bases in Japan. A homemade pipe bomb was also exploded at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Toyko last November.

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