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Posted: 8/4/2001 4:50:43 AM EST
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/newse/20010803wo32.htm Daily Yomiuri On-Line Gun-related crimes mark 10-year high Yomiuri Shimbun Violent crimes involving the use of guns nationwide increased in the first half of this year to mark their highest figure in a decade, National Police Agency officials said Thursday. According to the agency, gun-related crimes, including murder, robbery, infliction of injury and blackmail, totaled 93 cases in the January-June period, up six cases from the same period last year. Of these, murder and attempted murder cases increased from 16 to 29, with the number of people shot to death doubling from last year's 10 cases. Of the 20 deaths, the number of victims not connected with gangs increased to 12 from last year's eight. The number of individuals injured by guns totaled 20, up four from last year. Yakuza blood feuds involving shootings also increased considerably, rising from 66 cases to 131. The statistics included civilians who were shot to death by unidentified individuals, including the recent murder of an operator of a building contractor's office who is believed to have been killed at his home in Itabashi Ward, Tokyo, by someone posing as a parcel deliveryman. Police said the number of firearms confiscated totaled 609, nearly 200 more than last year. Among those confiscated, Russian Makarov pistols numbered 81, five times as many as last year. Police are investigating how the weapons were smuggled into the country from Russia. Copyright The Yomiuri Shimbun
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