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A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, April 17, 2007.

Trial of Jose Padilla under way in Florida

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The trial of Jose Padilla, a US citizen accused of assisting Islamist extremists and conspiracy to commit murder, is underway in Florida. Padilla denies the charges laid against him.

Allegations that Padilla was involved in a dirty bomb plot, made when he was arrested, will not form part of the trial. Two others, Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi also face charges alongside Padilla.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke has told prosecutors that they cannot refer to the September 11, 2001 attacks, to which Padilla is not linked in the charges framed, in a way that suggests guilt by association.

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North Korea may be shutting down nuclear reactor

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Preparations for the closure of North Korea’s main nuclear facility may have begun according to South Korean news reports.

Intelligence officials said that increasing activity at the nuclear sites indicate preparations for a reaction shutdown. Satellite images released by the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper and Yonhap news agency seem to indicate unusual activity at the Yongbyon facility, housing North Korea’s main reactor.

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China mine explosion traps 33 underground

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An explosion in a coal mine in Baofeng county, Henan province in China has trapped 33 miners underground.

Chinese state media reports that a second explosion hampered rescue attempts that had begun. Rescue efforts are also hampered as the mine owner and the mine manager fled the site, leaving rescuers with a lack of accurate data about the mine. Police have frozen the owner’s bank accounts and are tracking him down.

In another incident, a coal mine pit in Zhuzhou city flooded, trapping twelve miners.

A third incident occurred in Heilongjiang province where at least two miners were trapped after an illegal coal mine collapsed, Xinhua said.

These incident come less than a year after the China pledged to improve mine safety. More than 4,700 coal miners died in accidents last year and the toll for the first three months of this year is 661.

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Excessive bacon bad for lungs, says academic study

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A study conducted by Columbia University has found that an increased risk of lung disease could result from consumption of large amounts bacon and other cured meats. Researchers cited additives called nitrites as a possible cause.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, indicate that Columbia team found an increased risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in those that had consumed cured meats at least 14 times in a month.

The American Meat Institute said the findings used outdated assumptions about nitrite levels in cured meats.

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E-mail circulating UK Holocaust denial in schools is a hoax

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According to a BBC report, various chain e-mails and rumours have been circulated on the internet indicating that the UK has ceased teaching details of the Holocaust to avoid upsetting religious groups who deny its occurrence.

The rumour appears to originate from reports about one school in the North of England where the Holocaust was avoided to avoid offending Muslim students who may be presented with a different picture of history both at home and in their place of worship.

A recent study into teaching indicated that many teachers were uncomfortable covering topics where students may have been exposed to an inaccurate historical account at home, however teaching the details of the Holocaust is required in England. Teaching of the topic is not mandatory in other parts of the UK.

A spokesperson for the UK government confirmed that teaching of the Holocaust is already compulsory in schools at Key Stage 3 (ages 11 to 14) and that it will remain so in the new KS3 curriculum from September 2008.

The e-mail is circulating as the European Union is considering criminalizing denying or trivialising the Holocaust.

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U.S. web broadcasters face steep royalty increases

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A coalition of American web broadcasters, led by National Public Radio and includes Yahoo! and AOL, has claimed that new royalty arrangements could prove ‘fatal’ to the industry. The decision to increase royalties, which is due to be enforcible on May 15, came from the Copyright Royalty Board.

“If these rates stand”, claimed blogger Kurt Hanson, who writes on the SaveInternetRadio.org, “I believe we will see a virtual shutdown of all U.S. webcasting. That will be bad for listeners, webcasters, musicians, and the record industry alike.”

John Simson, executive director of SoundExchange, the not-for-profit organization that collects the royalties, said “Our artists and labels look forward to working with the Internet Radio industry – large and small, commercial and non-commercial – so that together we can ensure it succeeds as a place where great music is available to music lovers of all genres.”

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Trial in Italy begins for US soldier

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The in abstentia trial of Mario Lozano, a United States soldier, began today in a courtroom inside Rome’s maximum security prison Rebibbia in Italy. He stands accused in the death of Nicola Calipari, an Italian intelligence officer who was shot to death during the rescue of Giuliana Sgrena in 2005.

Washington has ruled out handing him over and his lawyer says his client could formally reject the Italian court’s authority. Both the US and Italy have classified the shooting was an accident. Nevertheless, an Italian judge charged Lozano with murder and two counts of attempted murder of those in the car.

For journalist Giuliana Sgrena, the freed hostage, the trial shows that US troops can be held accountable for their actions, outside of US military jurisdiction. Sgrena was wounded in the shooting and is separately suing for damages.

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Virginia Tech shooter identified, witness reports emerge

Virginia Tech shooter identified, witness reports emerge

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Photo of Cho Seung-Hui released by the police.

The shooter in the Virginia Tech university shootings has been identified as Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year old South Korean national. He was studying English and lived on the university campus. Meanwhile, a list of confirmed deceased has been released.

The President of Virginia Tech, Charles Steger said in an interview that the “possibility exists” that more than one gunman was involved. “It appears that the second shooter was a resident in our dormitory… it appears he was an on-campus resident,” Steger said. Ballistic reports confirm that the same gun was used in both instances of the campus shootings, but police could not confirm if the shooter was the same.

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The shootings on Monday were in two separate locations, and occurred two hours apart. The first took place at 07:15 (12:15 UTC), at West Ambler Johnston Hall dormitory. Then, at about 09:15 (14:15 UTC), 30 people were killed in the second shooting, about half a mile (800 metres) from the first at the Norris Hall classroom building, on the same campus. Bodies were found in four classrooms and a stairwell, according to Virginia state police superintendent Col. Steve Flaherty.

Some students complained that they had received no warning from the university until an e-mail alert sent more than two hours after the first incident. The university has suspended classroom courses for one week, and Norris Hall will remain closed for the rest of the semester. University officials have expressed an interest in developing a text messaging alert system where persons can add their phone number to a list for notification in the event that incidents may warrant the use of caution or extra attention.

In a reaction to the school massacre, the gun control group Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence asks for “common-sense actions to prevent tragedies like this from continuing to occur”. The New York Times ran an editorial with a similar message for gun control.

Alleged lover’s quarrel at West Ambler Johnston Hall dormitory

A Virginia Tech student, Chen Chia-hao, told the Taiwanese station CTI TV that he believed the shooter in the West Ambler Johnston Hall was a Chinese student. The first victim was, according to Chen, his girlfriend. Chen said: “They had a big quarrel in the West Ambler Johnston Hall and he shot her. Then the RA (dormitory supervisor) came, and he shot the RA.”

According to Chen, the gunman locked up 25 students who were taking a German class in the Norris Hall building. The man then shot himself in the head, making it difficult for him to be identified, Chen told CTI TV.

Witness reports from the Norris Hall classroom building

Norris Hall, the building at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where most of the shooting occurred.
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First-year student Erin Sheehan was one of the only 4 students coming out of the shooting in the German class unharmed. Erin explained how “(The gunman) peeked in twice, earlier in the lesson, like he was looking for someone, somebody, before he started shooting.”

The gunman first shot German lecturer Christopher James Bishop in the head. Then, he fired some 30 shots in the class and went on. Trey Perkins and two other students decided to hold the heavy wooden classroom door shut with their feet.

Erin Sheehan explain how they heard “something like drilling in the walls”, and how they closed the doors to prevent anyone from entering the classroom. Three times the gunman returned and fired in the door, while the students tried to keep him out. Erin describes how “He seemed very thorough about it, getting almost everyone down. I was trying to act dead. He left for about 30 seconds, came back in, did almost exactly the same thing.” Trey Perkins explained how “Fortunately, we were lying down and weren’t in front of the door.”

In a nearby classroom, students decided to jump from the second floor through the window, and ran for safety to a nearby window.

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St. Edwards University, Texas evacuated due to bomb threat

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St. Edwards University in Austin has been evacuated after a non-specific bomb threat note was found by a staff member. Students are asked not to come on campus, and classes have been cancelled until 5 PM. This is according to a public relations officer for the school and the St. Edwards web site. The message on the website reads,

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Due to a non-specific bomb threat, all day classes are cancelled. Classes will resume as schedule at 5 p.m. Please check your University email and/or University Web Site for further updates.

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Around noon police had completed an evacuation, secured the campus and begun searching buildings. As police completed the search of dormitory buildings, students were being allowed to return. University spokesperson, Mischelle Amador, indicated that the precautions taken were in no way related to or influenced by yesterday’s Virginia Tech shootings.

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Ontario may adopt new voting system

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The Canadian province of Ontario may use a new system to elect its Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) starting in 2011. A binding referendum on the question is to occur during the general elections on October 10 this year.

The Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform recommended on May 15, 2007 that Ontario will switch to Mixed member proportional representation (MMPR).

Under MMPR, Ontario’s 107-seat legislature would be replaced with one with 129 seats. Of these, 90 would be elected from ridings under the existing first past the post (FPTP) system. The remaining 39, however, would be “list members” (not associated with specific regions) publicly nominated in advance by parties and assigned so that each party’s total representation was in proportion to its share of the popular vote. It will also ask Ontario voters on election day whether they want to vote for the party or vote for the candidate. If someone votes for the party, they are still voting for the candidate which keeps the current electorial system unchanged.

Proponents say the system will be fairer to minor parties. Critics say it would be too complicated for most voters to learn to use.

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NHL: Sens edge out Pens to take commanding 3-1 series lead

NHL: Sens edge out Pens to take commanding 3-1 series lead

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007 Ottawa leads series 3-1. (Best of Seven)

Ottawa Senators 2 1 Pittsburgh Penguins
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The Pittsburgh Penguins fell to the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Mellon Arena, Tuesday night. This was not an elimination game, but surely a must win game for the Pens and they simply fell short.

In the first period the Penguins were down early as an odd hanging puck found its way down into the net to put the Pens down 1-0. Jordan Staal, sacrificing his body in a block, knocked the puck through the air and into the net above Fleury’s helmet. Though it looked like Chris Neil had slapped it down and in, the goal was credited to Jason Spezza, who had shot the puck into Staal. After review, it was clear that Neil had not touched the puck on it’s way down. In the second period, the Pens rebounded with a goal of their own as Jordan Staal scored while tied up in a pile around the goal to tie the game 1-1. Midway through the third Anton Volchenkov scored the game winner to put the Sens up 2-1 in the game and 3-1 in the series.

Both clubs played a strong game, making for an exciting atmosphere for the 17,132 in the arena. However, the problem for the Pens, as it has been through the playoffs, is the lack of shots on goal. Ray Emery faced only 11 shots in both the first and third period combined, yet in just the second period he faced 13 shots and the Penguins scored. Pittsburgh’s only chance to come back in the series is to increase the number of shots on goal. All the Senators need do is win one more game and the series is theirs.

The next game for these two clubs will be Thursday, April 19 at seven p.m. in Ottawa. The Penguinss must win this game in order to evade elimination.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
No. Period Time Team Scorer (No.) Assists Score
1 1st 3:25 OTT Jason Spezza (1) PP Wade Redden (1), Joseph Corvo (1) 1-0
2 2nd 8:08 PIT Jordan Staal (1) Gary Roberts (1), Michel Ouellet (1) 1-1
3 3rd 9:12 OTT Anton Volchenkov (1) Mike Comrie (1),Peter Schaefer(1) 2-1

Goaltending Summary

Goaltending
Team Player Shots Saves Save Pct.
OTT Ray Emery 24 23 .958
PIT Marc-Andre Fleury 26 24 .923

Three Stars of the Game

  • #1 – Anton Volchenkov, C, TB – 1 Goal(Game winner)
  • #2 – Jordan Staal, C, TB – 1 Goal
  • #3 – Ray Emery, G, OTT – 23-24

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NHL: Rangers dominate Thrashers, lead series 3-0

NHL: Rangers dominate Thrashers, lead series 3-0

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NY Rangers lead series 3-0. (Best of Seven)

New York Rangers 7 0 Atlanta Thrashers
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The New York Rangers annihilated the Atlanta Thrashers Monday night, burying pucks in the back of the goal the entire game with Michael Nylander leading the way. Nylander scored the first hat trick of the postseason, scoring the opening goal, as well as the final, as the Rangers to a dominated the Atlanta Thrashers, 7-0.

Nylander scored his first of what would be three goals 0:32 into regulation, beating Kari Lehtonen, who was just barraged with pucks the entire night. Nylander’s first goal would prove to be the game winner, but the Rangers were determined to pad their lead. Nylander scored his second of the game 9:13 later to double the Rangers lead. After four more scores, Nylander would cap the game off at 15:54 to complete the Thrashers’ embarrassing loss.

The Atlanta Thrashers, down three games, will try to stop their skid, and the sweep of the opening round series Wednesday night, when they will travel to Madison Square Garden in New York City to battle the Rangers, perhaps for the last time.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
No. Period Time Team Scorer (No.) Assists Score
1 1st 0:32 NYR Michael Nylander (2) Jaromir Jagr, Marek Malik 1-0
2 1st 9:45 NYR Michael Nylander (3) Marcel Hossa, Jaromir Jagr 2-0
3 1st 12:26 NYR Marek Malik (1) Michael Nylander, Jaromir Jagr 3-0
4 2nd 6:27 NYR Ryan Callahan (1) Sean Avery, Fedor Tyutin 4-0
5 2nd 17:21 NYR Ryan Callahan (2) PP Paul Mara, Sean Avery 5-0
6 3rd 8:58 NYR Brendan Shanahan (2) PP Matt Cullen, Thomas Pock 6-0
7 3rd 15:54 NYR Michael Nylander (4) PP Michal Rozsival, Jaromir Jagr 7-0

Goaltending

Goaltending
Team Player Shots Saves Save Pct.
NYR Henrik Lundqvuist 21 21 1.00
ATL Kari Lehtonen 35 28 .800

Three Stars of the Game

  • #1 = Michael Nylander, C, New York Rangers – 3 Goals, 1 Assist
  • #2 = Ryan Callahan, RW, New York Rangers – 2 Goals
  • #3 = Henrik Lundqvist, G, New York Rangers – 21 Saves, Shutout Win

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NHL: Flames burn Red Wings in Calgary

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Detroit leads series 2-1. (Best of Seven)

Detroit Red Wings 2 3 Calgary Flames
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Two power play goals helped lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. The Red Wings went into the match with a 2-0 lead in the best of seven series, and Calgary needed to win at home to give themselves of advancing.

The first period went by without any goals, but Calgary opened the scoring 9:20 into the second period on the power play as Matthew Lombardi scored, and Alex Tanguay and David Moss earned assists. Kris Draper then evened the scoring only two minutes later, with the only assist being credited to Daniel Cleary.

Draper was again on the scoresheet at the beginning of the third, with Cleary again assisting, as he put the Red Wings into the lead. An interference penalty to Matthew Schneider of the Red Wings then gave the Flames a power play, and Mark Giordano capitalized as his unassisted marker tied the game at two a piece. Jarome Iginla then scored the winning goal for the Flames at 9:21 of the third, with assists going to Wayne Primeau and Tony Amonte.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary
No. Period Time Team Scorer (No.) Assists Score
1 2nd 9:20 CAL Matthew Lombardi PP Alex Tanguay, David Moss 0-1
2 2nd 11:30 DET Kris Draper Daniel Cleary 1-1
3 3rd 0:39 DET Kris Draper Daniel Cleary 2-1
4 3rd 4:43 CAL Mark Giordano PP None 2-2
5 3rd 9:21 CAL Jarome Iginla Wayne Primeau, Tony Amonte 2-3

Goaltending

Goaltending
Team Player Shots Saves Save Pct.
DET Dominik Hasek 28 28 .893
CAL Mikka Kiprusoff 30 28 .933

Three Stars of the Game

  • #1 = Matthew Lombardi, C, Calgary Flames – 1 Goal
  • #2 = Kris Draper, C, Detroit Red Wings – 2 Goals
  • #3 = Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary Flames – 1 Goal

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France knew of and told CIA about al-Qaeda hijack plans prior to 9/11

France knew of and told CIA about al-Qaeda hijack plans prior to 9/11

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Reports produced by the French secret services reveal that they knew that al-Qaeda was planning attacks on the United States at least eight months before the 9/11 attacks and that the attack was going to involve U.S. jetliners, the French newspaper Le Monde reports.

Le Monde also says one of the reports was handed to Bill Murray, a CIA agent working at the Paris station at the time, but no record of that handover has been released in the U.S. governments 9/11 commission report in 2004.

“[The French government knew of a] plan to hijack an aircraft by Islamic radicals,” said the report, adding the planned attack had been discussed by al-Qaeda, Taliban and Uzbek militants in 2000. However; the Washington Post and The Daily times mistakenly say that the Uzbeck militants were Chechen.

According to the reports, al-Qaeda was planning to launch the 9/11 attack in March or September in 2000, but that the attack was delayed because of “differences of opinion, particularly over the date, objective and participants.”

“You have to remember that a plane hijack (in January 2001) did not have the same significance as it did after September 11. At the time, it implied forcing a plane to land at an airport and undertaking negotiations,” said Pierre-Antoine Lorenzi.

The CIA said that the report does not show that the U.S. or France had advance knowledge that an attack was going to take place.

“Today’s Le Monde article merely repeats what the U.S. government knew and reported before September 11 that al Qaeda was interested in airliner plots, especially hijackings. The article does not suggest that U.S. or foreign officials had advance knowledge of the details surrounding the September 11 plot. Had the details been known, the U.S. government would have acted on them,” a spokesman for the CIA, George Little, said.

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Football: Manchester United push past Sheffield

Football: Manchester United push past Sheffield

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Manchester United 2 0 Sheffield United

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Attendance 75,540
Goalscorers for Manchester United Carrick (4′), Rooney (50′)
Goalscorers for Sheffield United None
Bookings (Manchester United) Smith, Rooney, Ronaldo (Yellow (3))
Bookings (Sheffield United) Geary, Morgan, Armstrong (Yellow (3))

Manchester United opened a temporary six-point lead over Chelsea on Tuesday with a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United. The Blades are stuck in the relegation battle in the league, having only jumped out of the bottom three this past weeking after a 3-0 thumping of fellow strugglers West Ham. The Red Devils on the other hand came into the game on a two game winning streak, having scored 11 goals in those two matches. Man United started with the same striking pair used in the last two games in Wayne Rooney and Alan Smith. Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock played Colin Kazim-Richards up front with Luton Shelton, who was earning his first start, on the attack.

The first chance of the match fell to the Yorkshire side as a free Kick by Tonge was driven low, but lacked the power to beat Reds keeper, Tomasz Kuszczak. The Premiership leaders quickly made the Blades pay, and on 4 minutes, Michael Carrick received a pass from Cristiano Ronaldo, and chipped the ball over the sprawling Paddy Kenny. Wayne Rooney then had a chance to double the Red Devils lead, but his shot lacked power and Kenny patted the ball away. Another free kick was taken by Tonge for the Blades, and this one packed more power, but Kuszczak sprawled to make the stop. Patrice Evra then had to be substituted for the Reds when he took a high challenge from Kazim-Richards, and was replaced by Keiron Richardson. Smith was then forced to change his shorts after being caught by Matthew Kilgallon. Luton Shelton continued to make an impact for Sheffield United as he blasted a shot just wide.

After the break, Rooney again had a chance to double United’s lead, but he was stopped by a well timed tackle from Chris Morgan. Shelton meanwhile caused unrest in the Man United defence with strong runs, but no goals came of them. Rooney finally scored his goal on 5 minutes when his run was met by Ryan Giggs’ pass, and the young Englishman blasted the ball far side on Kenny. Shelton again threatened as he turned away from Wes Brown, but he then scooped the ball over the bar. Danny Webber then had a chance for the Blades after beating out Heinze, but he raked his shot wide. Kenny was then forced into action to make saves off both Ronaldo and Rooney, to keep the game at a respectable scoreline. Shelton then had a legitimate claim for a penalty when he was brought down by Heinze in the area, but referee Rob Styles waved play on. The decision all but ended the Blades hopes of a comeback, but they still continued to press as Tonge hit the post with a curling shot. Kuszczak kept his clean sheat, however, and the Red Devils earned a valuable three points in the title race.

Manchester United’s next match will be another Premiership game against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford. Sheffield United’s next, also in the Premiership, will be against main relegation rivals Charlton Athletic, and that match will be very important for both teams.

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Mayor of Nagasaki dies after being shot

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On April 16 Itchō Itō, 61, mayor of Nagasaki City, was shot two times in the back. Mayor Itō died at 2:28 a.m. at the Nagasaki University Hospital.

Itō was shot by a man yesterday in front of his campaign office just across from the JR Nagasaki train station. One bullet hit his heart, sending him into cardiac arrest. The attack occurred around 7:50 p.m. local time in Nagasaki.

Authorities believe that organized crime is behind the shooting. Immediately after the shooting, police arrested on the crime scene Tetsuya Shiroo, 59, a deputy-leader of the underground organized crime unit, Suishin-kai, and senior member of Yamaguchi-gumi.

He reportedly had trouble with the city for failure to compensate for an accident that had occurred a few years ago in which his car had been damaged at a construction site operated by the city’s public works department. Police say that during an interrogation Shiroo confessed to the shooting and his intent to kill Itō.

Itō is the fifth politician to be shot in Japan since World War II; a rare occurrence, because gun ownership is banned in Japan.

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