Cult leader, 6 followers executed 23 years after sarin attack in Tokyo subway

Television coverage of the execution of Shoko Asahara.
(Image credit: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Shoko Asahara, the founder of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, and six of his followers were executed on Friday, the Japanese government announced.

Six other cult members remain on death row. Aum Shinrikyo was behind the 1995 sarin gas attack inside a Tokyo subway station that killed 13 people and injured hundreds. Contaminated plastic bags were left on five different subway lines, making more than 1,000 others sick, and at least 4,000 people went to the hospital due to anxiety and trauma, NBC News reports.

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