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    More than 30 people were killed in an arson attack on Kyoto Animation's offices and studio in Japan on 18 July

    Kyoto Animation Arson Suspect Identified - Reports

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    A fire at the animation studio in Japan's former capital Kyoto on Thursday claimed the lives of at least 33 people, also injuring 36 others, becoming the deadliest mass killing in the country in decades.

    According to Japanese public broadcster NHK, the arson suspect, who stormed the Kyoto Animation facility has been identified as 41-year-old Shinji Aoba from the Tokyo suburb of Saitama.

    The man allegedly bought two petrol cans and doused the flammable liquid all over the studio to set it on fire.

    ​The police previously stated that he didn't work for the studio. Japanese media outlets have, however, reported that Aoba, who is now in hospital, told investigators he set the fire because the studio "stole his novels".

    Kyoto Animation is a famous studio, founded in 1981, which has produced such films and shows as "A Silent Voice", "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya", "Lucky Star", "Clannad", "Full Metal Panic", "Nichijou", and many others.

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