Brutal ‘ISIS-inspired’ teenager’s killing shocks Japan

Friday, February 27, 2015
By Paul Martin
February 27, 2015

Three teenagers have been arrested following the gruesome murder of a 13-year-old boy in the southern Japanese city of Kawasaki. Local media have speculated that the killing might have been inspired by recent executions carried out by the Islamist State.

The victim, Ryota Uemura, was stabbed repeatedly in the neck, with some of the cuts reportedly striking as deep as the carotid artery, Japancrush reports. There were also knife wounds to his face and arms. His naked body was discovered in undergrowth on the bank of the Tamagawa River last week. The blade of a cutter knife covered in the victim’s blood was found near the scene. The blade, however, does not match the shape of the wounds, pointing toward the possibility that multiple knives were used in the attack.

Uemura’s body was discovered after a fire was reported around 3 am in a public toilet some 700 meters from the scene of the crime. Police suspect the perpetrators were attempting to destroy the evidence. Cut-up cable ties were also found at the scene, which were likely used to restrain the victim, who bore no defensive wounds on his palms.

There is some speculation that the murderers were inspired by a series of decapitations carried out by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, or ISIL), AFP reports, citing the popular weekly Shukan Shincho. Due to the nature of the injuries inflicted on Uemura, police said they believe the perpetrator or perpetrators may have been attempting to behead him.

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