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Three dead in Tokyo shrine stabbings

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December 08, 2017

A priestess and two others have died in a stabbing attack at a famous shrine in Tokyo.

Three people have died in a stabbing attack at a prominent shrine in Tokyo, including the head priest and the attacker, who apparently took his own life.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police say the 59-year-old priest appears to have been ambushed by her younger brother and a female accomplice on Thursday night.

Police believe Nagako Tomioka was killed by her brother, while the accomplice attacked Tomioka's driver. The driver survived. The brother then appears to have killed his accomplice before taking his own life.

The motive is unclear.

Tomioka was chief priest of Tomioka Hachiman shrine. The nearly 400-year-old shrine is known for its close ties to sumo and holding one of Tokyo's three big Shinto festivals.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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