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The alleged arsonist of Kyoto wanted to avenge plagiarism, according to the press.

KYOTO – A man suspected of shooting a 33-man fire in a Kyoto animation studio on Thursday has acted in revenge for the plagiarism of his novel, reports the Japanese press.

According to Kyodo, which quotes sources close to the investigation, he admitted intentionally setting fire to the studio at the time of his arrest.

“He seemed to be disoriented, angry, he was shouting something about how he was plagiarized,” a woman who witnessed the arrest told the press.

According to the NHK public channel, the 41-year-old suspect is Shinji Aoba. Himself a victim of burns, he was sedated, and the police could not question him, adding Nippon TV.

Besides the 33 dead, ten wounded are in a severe condition. This is the most lethal act committed in Japan since 2001.

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