Police Congo-bound to probe fire


Tokyo police officers left Narita airport Friday for the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate a fire in June at the Japanese Embassy in Kinshasa.

The team, including 15 officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s First Investigation Division and Criminal Identification Division, will conduct on-site inspections and interviews with embassy staff for about a week from Sunday, the department said.

Since the incident took place, the Foreign Ministry has been consulting with the National Police Agency because the possibility of a criminal act cannot be ruled out, ministry officials said.

The fire broke out June 20 in the four-story building, where the third and fourth floors are used by the embassy. It partially burned the fourth floor and some items belonging to the embassy, including documents, were destroyed before the fire was extinguished. No one was hurt in the incident.