Retired Defense Officer Killed in Japan Blast

A series of explosions rocked the city of Utsunomiya (宇都宮市), 100 kilometers north of Tokyo, this morning, leaving one dead and three injured. The deceased has been identified as a 72 year-old retired military officer.

Two vehicles, and a building were incinerated according to video and images on media and social networking sites. Police arrived on the scene at around 11:30am Tokyo time.

Kyodo reports among the three injured, one is in a critical condition.

The explosions occurred near a crowded park where a traditional ceremony was being held.

Police at scene of car explosion Utsunomiya, Japan
Police at scene of car explosion Utsunomiya, Japan.
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