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Japan's doomsday cult leader behind gas attack is executed

FILE - This Nov. 30, 1989, file photo shows Japanese doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara in Bonn, Germany. Japanese media reports say on Friday, July 6, 2018, Asahara, who has been on death row for masterminding the 1995 deadly Tokyo subway gassing and other crimes, has been executed. He was 63. (AP Photo/Roberto Pfeil, File)

TOKYO (AP) — Doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara and several followers were executed Friday for their roles in a deadly 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subways and other crimes, Japanese media reported.

The Justice Ministry said it could not confirm the reports, which cited unidentified sources.

The sarin gas subway attack killed 13 people and sickened more than 6,000.

Asahara was 63. It wasn't immediately clear how many others were hanged Friday.

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