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    Japan Executes Cult Leader Responsible for Sarin Attack

    Shoko Asahara, leader of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, was hanged this morning for masterminding a 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on Tokyo’s subway that left 13 dead and more than 6,000 ill. Six other cult members were also put to death, and six more await the punishment. Originally founded as a yoga school, Aum attracted tens of thousands of followers in Japan and Russia with an eclectic mix of Buddhist, Hindu and apocalyptic Christian teachings. The cult has disbanded, though several splinter groups remain.

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