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The profiles of the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United States remind scholar Hiromi Shimada of senior Aum Shinrikyo members.

The 48-year-old expert in religious studies explained it cannot be overlooked that many of those who carried out the attacks in the U.S. were highly educated, just like top Aum figures involved in the cult’s heinous crimes in the early to mid-1990s.

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