April 13, 1996 in Nation/World

Woman Sprays Gas In Crowded Theater

Compiled From Wire Services

A woman who was told to change her seat sprayed a foul-smelling gas into a crowded theater in downtown Tokyo on Friday, injuring 28 people.

It was not immediately known what gas the woman used. She fled after the attack, and police said they had made no arrests.

The incident was the latest in a string of gas attacks, many of them pranks, that followed the March 1995 nerve gas assault on the Tokyo subway that killed 12 people. A doomsday cult is accused in that attack.

The woman sprayed the gas after an usher told her someone else had the ticket for her seat.

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