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NHK obtains photos of sarin used in subway attack

NHK has obtained photos of the deadly sarin gas used in the Tokyo subway attack 19 years ago.

Members of the now-defunct Aum Shinrikyo religious cult released the nerve gas on 3 lines of the Tokyo subway system during the morning rush hour of March 20th, 1995.

13 people were killed and about 6,300 others were sickened in the incident.

The photos show sarin that police collected from the scenes, including Kasumigaseki subway station on the Chiyoda Line.

Sarin is a brown liquid when it is contained in a transparent bag.

Investigators wearing protective gear are shown carefully examining the liquid.

Other photos show liquid sarin in 2 separate layers in a container. One looks brownish because of impurities and the other is clear.

The Aum cult used sarin with much higher purity and killing power when it released the gas in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, on June 27th, 1994.

Eight people were killed and at least 140 others were harmed by the gas.

Jun. 26, 2014 - Updated 10:23 UTC