Someone used cassette gas canisters to cause an explosion at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (OKINAWA DEFENSE BUREAU)
Someone used cassette gas canisters to cause an explosion at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (OKINAWA DEFENSE BUREAU)

Intruder breaks into Okinawa Marine base, detonates gas canisters near Japanese office

by Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japanese police and U.S. military officials are investigating after someone broke into a Marine Corps base and detonated a pair of small gas canisters outside a building that houses Japanese government officials.

The incident happened at about 6 p.m. Sunday at Camp Foster’s Okinawa Defense Bureau office, a bureau spokesman told Stars and Stripes. The office is in a remote compound across a road from the main base. It’s unclear if anyone was inside at the time.

There were no injuries, but the perpetrator apparently cut a fence to gain entry, said the spokesman for the bureau, which represents Japan’s Ministry of Defense on the island.

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