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The man suspected of murdering five people and torching two homes in a remote mountain community in Yamaguchi Prefecture told police he used a wooden stick to kill them, police said Sunday.

Kosei Homi, 63, who was turned over to prosecutors on Saturday, was taken into custody five days after the bodies of a woman and a couple, all in their 70s, were found in their fire-gutted houses in a hamlet under the administration of the city of Shunan. The bodies of two other seniors were discovered in their intact homes the next morning.

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