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Lethal chemical find at cult HQ

Kamiku Isshiki - Japanese police searching the headquarters of the Aum Shinri Kyo cult, suspected of causing the nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway, expect to find bodies. Officers have found hundreds of tonnes of lethal chemicals, including all the ingredients of sarin nerve gas, at the sprawling Mount Fuji complex. It is also reported that they have confiscated an advanced DNA device and 200 large containers of peptone, a solution used to cultivate bacteria and other micro-organisms, which may have been used to develop germ weapons.

Meanwhile, the Russian newspaper Izvestia reported that a close aide of President Boris Yeltsin, Oleg Lobov, who is now secretary of the powerful security council, was among several senior officials who helped the sect to establish itself in Russia. Reuter