Six teenage boys were arrested Thursday on suspicion of extorting at least 500,000 yen from a 14-year-old junior high school student in Adachi Ward, Tokyo, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

According to police, the victim withdrew the money from a bank account into which his father’s severance pay had been remitted. Millions of yen have been withdrawn from the account, and police said the youths may have extorted more money from the boy.

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