Japanese police say they’re treating Thursday night’s multiple explosions outside Atsugi Naval Air Facility as an attack by left-wing radicals opposed to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
Area residents reported two blasts about 10:34 p.m. near the base’s main gate in Ayase, Kanagawa prefecture, according to a Kyodo News report. There were no reports of injuries or property damage.
Later, Ayase police found two metal pipes in a wooded area near Kitanodai Elementary School, about 875 yards northwest of the base.
No projectiles were found; police were searching the area around the base for more evidence. The base also will be searched, a police spokesman said.
“We are cooperating fully with the Japanese police,” said Brian Naranjo, spokesman for NAF Atsugi. “So far as we can tell, there is no evidence that any projectiles entered the base — no damage, no injuries and no explosions,” Naranjo said.
“However, we do know that two launching devices were found within a kilometer of the base, and they were pointed at NAF Atsugi.”
Ayase police said the pipes were similar to launching devices used March 12 in an apparent attack on Yokota Air Base and a November incident at Camp Zama. No other details concerning the devices were released.
No damage was reported in the Yokota incident. At Camp Zama, one of two projectiles landed on the roof of a home outside the base.
— Hana Kusumoto contributed to this report.