KOBE — A local teenager who is being held on suspicion of the murder and attempted murder of five Kobe schoolchildren has said to police that a hill and a pond believed involved in the crimes are places that are “sacred” and “precious,” police sources said on July 22.

The suspect reportedly has said to authorities during the investigation that “Tank Mountain” and “Mukohata Pond” were special to him because they were places he could rest and feel at ease. Investigators believe the youth strangled Hase at a cable TV antenna compound on the hilltop and later decapitated him there.

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