05:59 GMT +310 December 2019
Listen Live
    Servicemen of US Marine Corps

    Huge Explosion Reported at US Military Base in Okinawa

    © AFP 2019 / Toru YAMANAKA
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL

    An unknown person has detonated a number of canisters at Camp Foster, a US Marine Corps base in Okinawa, Japan, the news outlet NHK reported.

    According to local police and the US command, on Sunday evening, the intruder cut through the protective net at the US Marine Corps base's perimeter and sneaked in.

    READ MORE: Okinawa: Abe to Make 'Concessions' on US Base Due to Looming Election — Analyst

    Then he blew up an unknown number of gas canisters on the second floor of a building, at the door of the Japanese defence bureau's office at the military base.

    No one was injured in the explosion. The total value of the property damage done has yet to be estimated. The police are looking for the suspect.

    Camp Foster houses the headquarters of the Butler Marine Corps and its facilities.

    Okinawa, an island prefecture which accounts for a small fraction of Japan's territory, is home to 74 percent of US military facilities in the country and more than half of all US forces deployed in Japan.


    Okinawa: Abe to Make 'Concessions' on US Base Due to Looming Election - Analyst
    US Base in Okinawa to Be Relocated Despite Referendum Results - Japanese PM Abe
    Japan's Okinawa 'Votes Against' Controversial US Base Relocation – Authorities
    explosion, Japan, United States, Okinawa
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik