Raids target group that claimed base attacks
TOKYO — Japanese police raided at least 10 locations Thursday linked to a political leftist group that reportedly has claimed responsibility for attacks against three U.S. bases in 2002 and 2003.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police public safety department, with police from nine other prefectures, searched areas linked with the “Kakurokyo” group, a Tokyo Metropolitan Police spokesman said. The police raided the locations in connection with metal launchers found near the Japanese Defense Agency in February 2003.
In April 2003, the Mainichi Shimbun, a major Japanese newspaper, reported it received a statement from a faction of the group claiming responsibility for the April 3 attack on Atsugi Naval Air Facility. Two metal pipes, thought to be launching devices, were found in a wooded area about 875 yards northwest of the base.
Similar mortar devices were found near Camp Zama in November 2002 and near Yokota Air Base in March 2003. No damage was reported in Yokota, but one of two projectiles found in Camp Zama landed on the roof of a home outside the base.
And Tuesday night, police found two similar pipe launchers near the Japanese Defense Agency in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district.
The police official declined to comment on what was found in the raids.