Police Get Arrest Warrant For Kyoto Arson Suspect

Police get arrest warrant for Kyoto arson suspect

Police have obtained an arrest warrant for the man suspected in an arson attack that killed dozens of people at an animation studio in Kyoto.

The suspect, Shinji Aoba, was badly burned in the fire. He was transferred on Saturday to a hospital for treatment. Police plan to serve the warrant on the 41-year-old as soon as he recovers.

Aoba is believed to have splashed a flammable liquid around the studio before setting it alight. The death toll from the blaze stands at 34.

Another 34 people were injured. Among them is a South Korean national, according to the country's foreign ministry. Officials say she is in critical condition.

Police say Aoba may have held a grudge against the firm.

A witness said he yelled out something about the studio stealing the plot of his novel. But police can't confirm he ever published a novel. They say he never worked for the company.

Studio President Hideaki Hatta visited the site on Saturday. He said no one at the studio recognized Aoba, and no one received an email with his name on it.

Kyoto Animation President Hideaki Hatta said, "We've never heard his name before. I understand he's 41 years old. We would have recognized him immediately if he had contacted us before."

Hatta said he had no words to express his grief at the loss of so many talented people.