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On March 20 1995 a nerve gas believed to be sarin was released in Tokyo The gas was released in several commuter trains throughout the Tokyo metropolitan area killing six and injuring twelve hundred others This act described by local authorities as a case of organized and indiscriminate murder but one item in a string of crimes committed by the doomsday religious cult Aum Shinri Kyo Aum Supreme Truth At about 815 AM Tokyo time packages left on several commuter trains throughout Tokyo released a deadly nerve gas The subway stations initially cited to be affected were Tsukiji Kasumigaseki Kamiacho Kokkai-gijidomae Hibia Hacchobori Kodenmacho Nakano-Sakaue Akasakamitsuke Ochanomizu Hongo-Sanchome korakuen Ningyocho And Minami Asagaya stations Kokkai-gijjidomae is the station that serves that Japanese Parliament and there was a package left on the stairs leading to the hotel next door to the Parliament building but no one inside the hotel had been reported injured More than eight hundred people were taken to more than eighty hospitals throughout Tokyo and at least ten were reported to be in critical condition The Japanese Government mobilized a chemical warfare team numbering one hundred forty members and the police rescue team wore chemical suits to investigate the incident Apart from the rescue teams fire fighters subway workers and even uninjured passengers helped carry the victims out of the subway on stretchers and makeshift slings The gas affected more than five thousand people and killed twelve According to one article It normally takes several weeks to completely recover from miosis a contraction of the pupils that is characteristic of organic phosphorous compound gasses such as sarin Other effedts of the gas sarin can last for life On March 21 a team of police posted themselves in the subways partly to protect against further attacks and partly to interview passengers concering the previous days attack Several commuters stated that they had seen men wearing sunglasses which is unusual for a subway and
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