Fugitive from 1995 subway terrorist attack in Tokyo arrested

Naoko Kikuchi, a member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, was arrested on Sunday after 17 years on the run for her connection to the group's 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway.

The cult, which Kikuchi was a senior member of in 1995, was found to have gathered chemical, biological and other weapons for a battle with the government. Aum Shinrikyo used sarin nerve gas in the Tokyo subways in 1995, killing 13 people and injuring more than 6,000 others. Approximately 200 members of the cult have been tried and convicted of the attack in addition to other charges, Japan Daily Press reports.

Kikuchi allegedly helped to create the deadly sarin nerve gas and an anesthetic used to restrain members who started to doubt the cult's spiritual leader, Shoko Asahara. Asahara is currently on death row.

Police received a tip that last week someone resembling Kikuchi was living in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, and she was found on Sunday evening. Kikuchi openly admitted her identity and was then transferred to Tokyo, Japan Daily Press reports.

Kikuchi was one of four Aum fugitives who were on the run for more than a decade. Makoto Hirata was on the run for more than 16 years before turning himself into authorities on New Year's Eve. Ten days later, Akemi Saito turned herself in, which leaves one known cult member, Katsuya Takahashi, still at large.