• Kyodo


A 68-year-old Japanese woman has been murdered inside a Reiyukai Buddhist temple in a Paraguayan town bordering Brazil, the Brazilian police said Tuesday.

Police officials said Kinue Horigome, who emigrated to Brazil in the 1950s, was choked to death by three men who used a plastic bag. Horigome’s body was found Monday morning on the second floor of the Reiyukai temple in Pedro Juan Caballero, a Paraguayan town that adjoins the Brazilian town in which she lived, Ponta Pora in Mato Grosso do Sul.

“Three men suffocated her with a plastic bag and then stole her house keys,” local police said.

The men — an Argentine and two Brazilians — have confessed to plotting and executed the crime, according to police.

Investigators said the attackers thought Horigome had large sums of money in a safe at her home, though they ended up stealing just 150 Brazilian real (about 6,200 yen), a videocassette recorder and an alarm clock.

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