Explosions near U.S. base in Japan; no reports of injuries..


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Explosions near U.S. base in Japan; no reports of injuries or damage
International Herald Tribune
TOKYO: Japanese police were investigating a suspected guerrilla attack on the U.S. Army after two small explosions occurred outside a military base south of Tokyo, police said Tuesday.

Investigators found a pair of metal tubes planted on the ground, believed to be used as rocket launchers from a park near the U.S. base, said Kanagawa prefecture (state) police spokesman Hiroyoshi Ichikawa.

Ichikawa said the device pointed toward the U.S. Army base, and suspected guerillas, possibly leftist extremists, were behind the late Monday attack but could not rule out a possibility of a terrorist attack.

The Army was also investigating the blast, said an official at Camp Zama who spoke on condition of anonymity, adding that there were no reports of injuries or damage.

"A small explosion was heard in the vicinity of the base," said Maj. David Smith, a Pentagon spokesman in Washington D.C. "It did not occur on the base."

Zama residents reported hearing the explosion twice late Monday night. Police were still investigating the neighborhood searching for more evidence Tuesday.

Neither Camp Zama or nearby residents have reported any injury or damage from the explosion, Ichikawa said.

The Army could not immediately confirm what had caused the explosion