Saudi Arabian vandalizes temple statues
NHK -- Jun 12
A Saudi Arabian man has been arrested for vandalizing Buddhist statues at a temple in downtown Tokyo.

Police say they received an emergency call about a foreigner behaved violently at the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa, Taito Ward at around midnight on Wednesday.

They say officers who rushed to the scene found 4 Buddhist statues lying broken on the ground.

Police say they questioned a 31-year-old Saudi Arabian graduate school student nearby, and the man admitted that he had destroyed the statues.

The vandalism involved 3 stone statues measuring 60 to 100 centimeters tall and a 200-centimeter tall bronze one that was made about 300 years ago.

浅草・浅草寺で、サウジアラビア人の男が仏像を破壊していたとして、器物破損の疑いで­逮捕された。6月11日午前1時10分ごろ、「外国人が暴れている」という通行人の通­報で事件が発覚。駆けつけた警察官が取り押さえた。2012年に来日した慶応大学の留­学生、モハマド・アブドゥラ・サード容疑者(31)で、調べに対し容疑を認めているも­のの、動機についてはわかっていない。被害に遭ったのは地蔵菩薩像3体と「聖観音菩薩­」と呼ばれる銅像1体。観音像は江戸時代の1720年に作られた、台東区の指定文化財­という。サード容疑者は「ほかの寺でも仏像を破壊した」と供述しており、警察が詳しく­調べている。仏像はしばらくの間拝観できなくなり、参拝客の間にショックが広がってい­るようだ。

News sources: NHK, TomoNews
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