No fewer than 23 people have died and several others injured following an attack on an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan, Local Emergency Officials have said.
The incident which is suspected to be an arson attack occurred on Thursday morning.
Local media quoted Police as saying ”a man broke into the Kyoto Animation Co studio on Thursday morning. Police say the suspect, a 41-year-old, sprayed petrol before igniting it.
The local media said some people still remain unaccounted for.
The suspect has been detained and was taken to hospital with injuries.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the incident was “too appalling for words” and offered condolences to those affected.