Tokyo police search home of purported suspect in 1975 bomb attack

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has searched the home of a man believed to have been involved in a bomb attack in the capital in the 1970s.

The man died at a hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, on Monday. He claimed he was Kirishima Satoshi, a member of the East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front. The extremist group was allegedly responsible for a series of bomb attacks targeting businesses in 1974 and 1975.

Kirishima was placed on a nationwide wanted list for his suspected involvement in an attack in Tokyo's Ginza district in 1975.

The man who identified himself as Kirishima had worked at a civil engineering company in Kanagawa.

Tokyo police searched the man's home on Friday on suspicion of violating the Criminal Regulations to Control Explosives.

During questioning by investigators at the hospital, the man reportedly denied involvement in the Ginza attack, while hinting he took part in another one.

The police plan to look into how he lived, and will use DNA tests and other measures to determine his identity as soon as possible.