CHIBA — A bomb blast early Tuesday damaged the car of a Chiba Prefectural Government official connected with a project to expand Narita airport, the police said.

Masaji Ikuta, 54, heard an explosion at around 2:45 a.m. while at home in Mutsuzawa, Chiba Prefecture. When he went out to investigate, he found the rear of his car had been dented and that one of the wheels had been blown off, police said.

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