Ten dead in suspected arson at Japan anime studio

At least 10 people have died in a suspected arson attack at an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan, local emergency officials have said, the BBC reports.

Local media quoted police as saying a man broke into the Kyoto Animation Co studio on Thursday morning and sprayed an unidentified liquid around.

Dozens of people are also reported to have been injured.

The suspect, who has not been named, has been detained and was taken to hospital with injuries.

“A man threw a liquid and set fire to it,” a Kyoto prefectural police spokesman told news agency AFP. No other details of the suspect or possible motives were given.

Public broadcaster NHK said the man had been heard saying “drop dead” as he set fire to the building.

The fire broke out at the three-storey building at around 10:30am (01:35 GMT) on Thursday. Rescue operations are still ongoing.

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