Bombing suspect faces charges in 2015 attempt on Camp Zama near Tokyo

Torii gate at Camp Zama


By HANA KUSUMOTO | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 10, 2018

TOKYO — A Japanese man suspected of attempting a crude rocket attack on Camp Zama in April 2015 may face charges under Japan’s Explosives Control Act, Kyodo News reported Saturday.

Toyotsuna Numada, 67, is already under indictment under the act for two similar incidents in the past five years, one near Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo and another in the city of Kawaguchi, according to Tokyo newspaper Sankei Shimbun.

An investigative team of police from Tokyo and Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures in September recommended prosecutors add another charge based on the Camp Zama incident, Kyodo News reported.

Numada is allegedly a member of Kakumei gun, or Revolutionary Army, a guerrilla unit of the extreme leftist group Kakuryokyo Liberation Faction, according to Kyodo News.

Police found two metal pipes stuck in the ground on a farm about 880 yards from the Camp Zama fence line after residents heard explosions around midnight April 28, 2015. Police later found a fired projectile on a nearby farm. No injuries were reported.

Numada was previously indicted for allegedly launching a projectile near Yokota in 2013 and again into a building in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, in 2014, according to Sankei Shimbun.


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